English Language Learner
For Amir*, an English Language Learner, language often acted as a barrier at school. He often seemed sad and withdrawn because of his inability to fully express himself in English. One day this fall, Amir silently walked over to his ETM music teacher and started to play a drum. She joined him and played on another drum. “His face was full of excitement,” she explained, “and you could tell he was finally happy! We communicated through high-fives and smiles while he continued to have a great time playing his drum.”
Amir has since participated in every activity in music class with a huge smile across his face. His teacher remarked, “I might not be able to understand his native language, but I am able to see that music has made a true impact on his life—one that needs no language to explain.” He now displays more confidence in himself and is making strides towards mastering English. Amir is overcoming his language hurdles one drum beat at a time.
* This student’s name has been changed to protect his privacy.