Every year, schools all across the country welcome larger numbers of students who don't speak English. "Becoming Bilingual" highlights the challenges faced by teachers responsible for teaching these children to read. Hosted by acclaimed actress Rita Moreno, the program visits schools in Chicago, Illinois; El Paso, Texas; Arlington, Virginia; Woodburn, Oregon; Washington, D.C.; and Long Beach, California to find out what it takes to teach six-year-olds fluent in Spanish or Russian or Hmong how to read in English.
Inspired by the film Latino Americans, we decided to seek out a local perspective on the Latino experience in our community with our weta.org Digital Extras. Luis Araya immigrated to Arlington, Virginia from Bolivia in 1966, when very few Latinos lived in the county. He reflects on the changes he has seen over the years and the influence of Latinos in Arlington today.