My daughter was born in Spain, and my wife is Spanish (I´m a native English speaker). At my wife´s insistence, we only speak English at home.
Now, my daughter has been through 3 years of early infant school, and soon will start first primary. Her understanding of Spanish is very weak, just some words, simplest phrases, a few numbers.
She forgets things and can´t explain situations. She can´t interact with other kids, she´s totally silent and will even run away from them. She cries and complains she can´t understand. I´ve tried spanish learning books at home and even videos, but my daughter misbehaves, fidgets, cries, and finds every way in the book to not listen, even humming to herself to block it all out. She has no medical condition, by the way. She is mentally and physically completely healthy.
Bear in mind, my wife insisted it would be easy for her to pick up spanish in school (I protested many times this wouldn´t work).
My question is, when will the school teachers decide enough is enough? Will they put her in a special disabled school, or will they make her repeat years until she gets spanish?
How many times can a child repeat? What if they do repeat years, remediation and whatever but still never comprehend spanish? What happens to a child that is born in Spain but can´t speak Spanish?
Believe me, neighbors and people on the street find it odd. No matter what people say, my wife refuses to budge from her policy of English only at home. I´m sad and endlessly worried as a father.