Hi, I could use some input regarding a situation I'm dealing with. I'm currently in the Philippines, working at a hospital with low-income kids. English is widely taught in schools in the Philippines but because these kids are lower-income, their educational opportunities are fewer than most kids. And English is their 2nd or perhaps 3rd language. In working with a group of kids, ages 9-12, here's what I've noticed: 1) They can read English at a relatively high level. Fluency is poor but they have good pronunciation skills and strong decoding skills for unfamiliar words. Comprehension appears to be weak. For example, one girl correctly read the word "chin" but when I asked her where her chin was, she had no idea. 2) Spelling skills are quite strong. Just as an example, one of the 12 year olds correctly spelled the word "orange", not a word that I would consider easy to spell. 3) If you give them a word from their native language and then ask for the English word, most times they are correct. 4) Now...here's what I find baffling and why I'm posting....despite being able to read English reasonably well, spell English, and translate words from their native language into English, they seem to have almost no conversational skills in English. Whenever I talk to them in English, they look at me like I'm speaking in Klingon. I assume this is related to the reading comprehension challenges. Any thoughts on what might be going on and what I can do to further their conversations skills? Thanks!