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how hard would it be for a 10yr old to move from Puerto Rico to the US with no english skills?

i have a 10yr step-daughter who my husband wants to bring to move with us to Baltimore, MD because shes giving hermom a hard time with behavior but she doesnt speak any english... How can she attend school over here without flunkin school?...

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Asked by jaz85 at 11:55 AM on Feb. 24, 2010 in Tweens (9-12)

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  • You need to get her an english tutor, and into an ESL program. They will help her with her school so her language isn't holding her back and teach her skills she needs, but get the tutor as well, how frustrating would it be to you to go to a place where you can't speak to or understand anybody.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 11:57 AM on Feb. 24, 2010

  • Children adapt quickly. The school has to provide her with extra help so don't worry about it. She will be fine. There are English tutors and since you have a computer there are online tutoring sites and she can listen to tv and get the experience of hearing and speaking english.

    Answer by admckenzie at 11:57 AM on Feb. 24, 2010

  • Children adapt much faster then adults, with a little help I'm sure she will be fine.

    Answer by mommorgan at 11:57 AM on Feb. 24, 2010

  • I'd see if you could get her into a program or a tutor while she's still THERE, if at all possible. To at least come over w/ a few basics words

    Otherwise consider keeping her out of school once she's here until she's developed enough basic phrases to be safe/confidant

    Answer by hibbingmom at 12:01 PM on Feb. 24, 2010

  • Puerto Rico is part of the US

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:55 PM on Feb. 24, 2010

  • yes, it is... we are not a state (YET) but we are a part of the US...

    Answer by jaz85 at 7:15 PM on Feb. 27, 2010

  • She is still young and learning a new language is a lot easier for kids then it is for adults. The school will be a big help in that area, they have a lot of programs for kids to learn english. Just being around english speaking kids her own age will help a lot too.

    Answer by MomOfJandM at 8:52 PM on Feb. 28, 2010

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