The English Language Learners : Struggle For Improving School Attendance

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English Language Learners Struggle to Improve School Attendance Pedro Henrique Santo woke up at 6:30 AM Monday morning, he knew it was another school day and he dreaded it. He has not always hated school, in fact, when he lived in Brazil, he enjoyed going to school, even if it was just to see his friends, but he was no longer in Brazil, he now lived in the United States and he hated school. He did not fit in, he did not understand the language, and he felt like an outsider. That is why he often forged sickness so he could stay home, avoid walking through halls with students speaking a language he did not understand and engaging in customs foreign to him. He was still trying to accustom himself to using a locker; he did not need boys high-fiving behind him, jostling him. He knew it was risky to miss another day of school, he knew he was jeopardizing his future and risking failure if he missed much more school, but he could not bring himself to deal with a school full of strangers again. While Pedro’s story is fictional, it mirrors real events and thoughts of English language learners. They often have a high absentee rate due to a dislike of school because of a feeling of not belonging. They tend to avoid school because they do not feel like part of the school community. They do not understand the language, the customs, nor the curriculum. School is a torturous six hours for them and often times many will risk failure rather than subject themselves to the discomfort of

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