“Go cafeteria?” he points to himself.
I look at him and the clock. The class just came from lunch, two minutes ago. “What do you need in the cafeteria?”
His response is unintelligible. “Do you need food?” He nods affirmatively. So I figure because of the language barrier he somehow missed lunch. I let him go.
A few minutes later he returns with the school nurse who then asks the class, “Has anyone seen Josue’s coat? He says he left it in the cafeteria”
With this level of language skills it feels like a waste of time for Josue to even be in science class. He has no idea what is going on. He doesn’t understand instructions. He doesn’t understand the tasks. He is just following the crowd. He Google translates every printed word I give him. I've had EAL training. I have a skill set to help language learners, however, even this need is beyond my current abilities. He has a good attitude. He’s trying. By the end of science class, which is towards the end of the day, his eyes gloss over. He’s exhausted.
It seems it would be best for these brand new language learners to just take intensive language instruction for a few weeks before entering the classroom. Then, they would be so much better equipped to cope and more able to begin learning in their new language.