English was the third language my student, who primarily spoke Dutch, would learn by second grade. She knew how to read in Dutch, but it was laborious and slow. She didn’t enjoy reading, so she wasn’t enthusiastic when it was time for her to learn how to speak and read in English.

The problem was, I was her English language development teacher and I don’t speak Dutch.

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  • About the Author:

    Carol Behel teaches English language development at Weeden Elementary School in Florence and won Alabama’s Teacher of the Year in 2019.