English Learner in Focus: Sergio
For Sergio, a student in Global Family's dual language program, starting school was the start of a journey toward becoming trilingual: in Mam, English and Spanish. We talked with Sergio about how he's learned more about different cultures through his multilingual education, and why he now has the confidence to summit any language "mountain" he might come across.
Fifth Grade Student
Global Family Elementary School
How did you feel about learning English in school when you were in early elementary?
I felt like it was a language that I knew but still I didn't know much about, but I knew a little before because I used it with my friends.
And about learning Spanish?
It was like learning a new language all over again. When I grew up I only spoke Mam, but after a couple years, I started a new language.
How do you think being bilingual and biliterate will help you in your future, let’s say, choosing a high school, applying to a college, finding a job?
I think it will help me find a job not only being bilingual but also biliterate. If there are multiple spots I can write a resume in both languages and not just speak and listen but also read and write!
When you look at yourself and think about who you are, would you say that languages are part of your identity, that you are proud of speaking multiple languages?
Absolutely, when I think of who I am, I basically think of someone who communicates with people, and I can speak languages and sometimes I do not speak a language but I know I can learn it because I can speak three already!
Anything else that you would like to share? Any tips to a student who is about to enroll in a dual language program?
Don't be nervous or scared. Let your teachers support you and try your best in learning a language. Learning two different languages is like climbing a mountain. When you get to the peak is like when you are fluent. It takes much time but it is worth it when you can speak two or three languages!