A Day in the Life of a Multilingual High School
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A Day in the Life of a Multilingual High School


– When I came here, I did not speak, nothing, nothing English. I say, why did I not learn
English in my country, Guatemala? When you go out, it’s, everything English. So that’s hard. – The number one goal of the ELL Program is to help our ELL students
reach English proficiency. And even more important goal
than that is to help them to fit in to Upper Darby High School, while at the same time
make sure that we celebrate who they are and where they come from. Upper Darby High School is a high school with just under 4,000 students. It is one of the biggest high schools in the state of Pennsylvania. We are just west of Philadelphia. We are one of the most diverse school districts in the state. Over 15 languages are spoken
here at the high school. (students speaking foreign language) – We have what you would
call a multilingual program, as opposed to a bilingual program. It’s a program that touches native-speaking English students. It touches our immigrant students, it touches students who have been here but are having a difficult time reaching English proficiency. – Arrange to put in order right, the order of words in a sentence. – One of the most amazing
things that we have been able to develop here is the
peer-to-peer tutor program. Peers learn best from peers. A teacher can stand up there
and say whatever they want, but they’ll really be
engaged and listen to a peer. So we have a peer tutor
program with 40 students where they actually get credit, and there’s a curriculum, and it’s almost like student teaching. – No, we got in our car. (speaking foreign language) – The tutors were really, really patient. Sometimes they, they did not know what they had to do with me, and they say, “She did not understand. “She did not understand what I’m saying.” And now, this year, I was a tutor. I was helping other
students that came from different countries and speak Spanish. I help them and it
feels good that I learn, and now I can help other
kids and other boys and girls who came from my country
or another country, and help them with English. That’s why I help.

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