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Marcela García

Sinking in an English-only classroom

Every few weeks when I stay late at work I chat with a young man named Juan Carlos Sánchez, who works as a janitor in my office. At 19, he is earnest and thoughtful and hopes to graduate soon from East Boston High.

He aspires to go to college. But he has one major impediment: He doesn’t speak English. Even though he is “immersed” in English every day at school, he is still struggling to learn the language.

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