Child's Behavior

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Claudia Figueroa

English-97

5/7/2012

Cause and effect essay

When I was 9 years old, I came to the United States without knowing any Enlish at all. At first it was dificult because I didn’t understand any word. It was hard to understand my teachers, so then I had to sit at the back of the room with another teacher. Other children laughed at me because I coulndt read. Whenever I was at home, I used to get books to read and I spend at least an hour reading. Secondly, I also had to attend a tutoring class after school. I never liked to stay after school. It was embarrasing for me because none of my friends had to stay. I always felt less than my classmates. I had many problems with writing. I couldn’t spell any word correctly the first timeas others did. Everything seemed to be dificult for me.

Next, as I started to learn my second language, I also had difficulties speaking it. When I was in sixth grade, I was embarrast to talk. I never wanted to ask my teacher permission for anything. I was hard for me to ask for something. I always thought that if I talked everyone would laugh at me. When I used to hang out with my friends, they always talked in English to each other, but they spoke in Spanish to me. Sometimes when they spoke English I could understand what they were saying, but sometimes it was difficult. I always tried to say at least a word. I was scared of talking this second language. Even when I had presentations, I used to get nervous and wanted to cry. However, I still had to do my presentations and deal with my embarrastness.

Finally, the effect of not knowing my second languge of English, not knowing how to read, write, speak it had become better. After all the embarrasment I passed when I came to El Centro CA, I had the chance to speak a second language. I attended school programs to help me develop my English skills. For instance, I attended tutoring, ESL classes in Junior High, and summer school. Even though I didn’t like them, I’m...
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