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Navigating high school when you don’t speak the language

Richmond High School tutor Ivan Rodriguez helps more than 100 students who don’t speak English understand their teachers and get through high school. Most of the students are from El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico. “Some of the kids come from countries where they never went to school and they do not know how to read in their native language. It is difficult, because the school doesn’t have someone to teach them basic skills. This makes kids fall behind, and they cannot keep up with the curriculum… They come to me to see if I can help them. I am their way of communication.” He spoke about his world in an interview with Richmond Pulse.


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This entry was posted on December 10, 2015 by in Richmond Pulse and tagged , , , .

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