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43. English Is So Hard
Johnny asked Dotty how her first day in
Duarte ESL class was. It was terrible, she
him. She understood little of what the Level
teacher said. He spoke too fast for her.
had struggled through a Level 3 class at
When the teacher asked if there
any questions, she told him that she didn’t
most of what he had said. He told
not to worry; she could take the class
if she failed it the first time. She
’t want to fail it the first time, however,
He gave them homework the first
, of course. They were supposed to write a
-word essay supporting gun control. Of course, Dotty said,
could write that essay in her native language.
there was no way she could write it
English. She showed Johnny the textbook. The print
so tiny that trying to read just a
pages gave her a headache. On top of
was all the new vocabulary on each page. “
'm going to drop the class,” she said. She
to cry. When was she ever going to