Classroom Experiences: ESL and the American Dream
“It’s difficult, mami,” says Jackie, a Dominican mother of two.
We’re on break from my English class and I’m running around the church hallways when I see Jackie and her friend Asuncion.
Jackie’s telling me all about her life and obligations. She’s a full-time employee and a single mother to two twin boys, which, she assures me, is “double trouble.” She is tired and has a hard time focusing on class. Always worrying about others, Jackie tells me that now she needs to take care of herself. She needs to learn English and the time is now. Yet despite her busy life, when I first met her I noticed that Jackie was impeccable. She wears elaborate jewelry and sunglasses pushed back on her head. I nicknamed her Jackie O.