Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio, New York Times |
Remote learning is difficult enough — now add a language barrier. Like so many other parents, Bianca Barragán of San Antonio has taken on an additional role during the pandemic: She is essentially a teacher for her children, 4-year-old Sofia and 6-year-old Santiago, who are enrolled in a bilingual program but studying from home. She and her husband, Gabriel Chavez, came to the United States from Mexico seven years ago, and the family speaks Spanish at home. She is still learning English, as are her children, which makes remote learning more complicated.
As the end of their semester nears, she worries about the extent to which her children may have fallen behind.
The interview was conducted in Spanish and translated into English.