A Fronteras Project piece on KPCC today follows a Los Angeles first grader who speaks English, Spanish, and Kanjobal, a Mayan language - but doesn't speak any of them well.
Why? The little girl, Andrea, has had several years of English immersion classes. But with her English speaking limited to the classroom, and her time speaking Spanish and Kanjobal limited to what she spends with her parents, both of whom work very long hours, she's unable to get the foundation that she needs in order to master any one language. From the piece: