Kids Deported to Mexico Have Trouble in School

Wednesday, August 23, 2017


Story Description

With the number of deportations of Mexican-American families increasing, schools across Mexico are struggling to address the unique challenges posed by incoming students who are fluent in English, but not Spanish. One school in Tijuana has seen great success by pairing incoming students with native Spanish speakers in the classroom and offering them one-on-one tutoring. Listen to learn more about how these children have been adjusting to life in the country their parents once called “home”.

Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What is one of the reasons that more Mexican-American families have been deported in recent years?
  • What techniques are being used at the school in the story to help American-born students learn Spanish?
  • What have been the biggest challenges for the kids adjusting to life at a new school?
  • Why might researchers call some of these newly enrolled children "los invisibles?"


Classroom Discussion Themes

  • Have you ever had to adjust to life at a new school? What was it like?
  • Do you think that children born in the U.S. should be allowed to stay, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents?

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