My GREATEST CHALLENGE is of course, the language barrier. I am open to different methodologies and diverse teaching pedagogies, so these differences will not be challenging for me. My first day, I could barely pronounce the students names because they are names I am completely unfamiliar with. To over come this challenge I has every student write their name on a card and then I took a picture of each student holding his name card with my iPad. When I arrived home I practiced saying all the boys names with my host family until I was able to say each name perfectly.
Although the boys learn Math, English, Social Studies, and Science in English, they struggle speaking and comprehending English. The English they are taught is from the British School System, so I am even unfamiliar with some of the words being used. I feel as though I am learning two languages at times. When the boys talk to each other and me outside of their studies, they speak in Spanish. Building relationships with the boys is more challenging because I can not speak Spanish fluently or comprehend the language as well as I would like. To over come this challenge I am speaking is Spanish as MUCH as I can. It has only been 3 days and my host family said that my Spanish has improved significantly. I am confident; I will over come this challenge in time.