Second Language Learning’s Motivation and World Englishes in James L. Brook’s Spanglish Released in 2004, Spanglish stole audience’ hearts for its heartwarming story about two distinct cultures: American and Spanish. It tells a story about a Hispanic woman named Flor who became a housekeeper in an American family. At first, Flor decided not to meddle with the Claskys by not learning or speaking English and worked using body language or known as compensatory strategies . However, after several events happened she finally decided to learn English in order to protect her daughter from being Westernized by Deborah, the wife of the family. Regarding to motivation theory in second language acquisition, Spanglish movie is interesting to be analyzed.
Sedaris goal in writing Me Talk Pretty One day is that learning French and living in a foreign country as an older adult is both difficult and rewarding. Through hard work and extensive studying he eventually starts to understand what his teacher is telling him. “And it struck me that, for the first time since arriving in France, I could understand every word that someone was saying.” (Sedaris) I agree with Sedaris in his claim that learning something new can be difficult and rewarding. I myself am going back to school at the age of 35 with a family to care for. Things that I thought I knew are no longer true and I seem to have a learning curve that some of the younger students do not share.
IT’s imperfect or even incorrect in some places but mostly, it’s just a simplistic understanding of how English works. It’s still clear enough to understand if more people took the time to and it’s the first language she learned from her mother. She looked back at her own work and saw the overly worded and strict grammar, a way she only talked around certain people but never her mother. She realized that this English isn’t bad either, but neither is her mother tongue. While slightly wrong, it’s how she learned English and gained her love of the language to the point that she knew she wanted to write professionally.
At the beginning of this curriculum, I’m very reluctant to read Aesop’s Fable because I think this book is suitable for children, rather than me, a college student. However, I admit that I learn a lot after finishing it. Firstly, I know a great many of words about animals such as wasp,partridge and owl which broaden my knowledge. Words are basis of learning English. Secondly, it tells me a lot of truth in life.
By providing Mrs. Tan’s speech, Tan demonstrates to her readers how her mother’s English is not perfect in a grammatical sense, but it is understandable. The audience gets the impression that Tan’s mother speaks in “broken” English, but it is understandable at what is she trying to say. As well as having a greater understanding on how Tan felt angry when some people labeled Mrs. Tan unworthy to listen to because she had difficulty speaking English. The effect was intentional because Tan included the whole quote to really cement the fact that Mrs.Tan spoke English, but not well. At the same time, it allows Tan’s audience to understand what her mother said and how absurd it is to deem her as
One by one, they called us up and questioned us. I was one of the lucky ones, I learned English when I was only 5. Now being 18, I was fluent in the language. For the ones that didn’t speak English, it was very hard for them to answer basic questions. I sat in the room pondering every question they could possible ask me, just waiting to hear my name be called.
1. Statement of the Research Problem Many hours are spent teaching and studying the skill of writing and even more, correcting and assessing spelling (Kepner, 1991). Writing is arguably the most difficult of the four macoskills and is influenced by age, native language (L1) ability (Sheen, 2007), and the difference in scripts (Elliott, 2012). This research seeks to identify the benefits, if any, in providing prescriptive, five-minute writing exercises, at the start of second language (L2) lessons, not only improves writing fluency, but also aids in spelling accuracy and improvements in the other macroskills. The research is specifically aimed at beginner-level students, aged twelve and thirteen years old, who are commencing studies of English
I asked myself a question, how could you improve the overall English proficiency in France? It is common knowledge that young kids have a far better capacity of learning foreign languages than grown up adults. However, I didn’t think about this project until I started to work in an International Kindergarten in Taiwan as an English teacher. At that time, I initiated further researches about teaching methods and the capacity of kids to learn a foreign language. Thanks to my personal experience as an English teacher I have seen
Every year there are about four thousand words added to the English Dictionary (“30 Fun Facts”). With these new words being brought into the English language, words that seemed interesting at one time are now becoming familiar and tucked away as words already known and understood. With this in mind, it is important to learn more about the words in the English language that people do not think twice about while using. With the word sense, it first appeared in Latin and its meaning evolved throughout the years. Sense appears in the Bible, in Shakespeare’s work, and in other literary works.
I had the blessing of starting learning English at the early age of six and ever since it has been a very important part of my life. Few have been as fortunate as I was, which is why I choose English Teaching as my profession; I want to change that. Thorough my secondary and now tertiary education, it has been my goal and ambition to broaden my knowledge of the language with the purpose of teaching others as effectively as it was taught to me, and I believe this scholarship offers the ultimate experience and challenge for me to pursue my objective. The academic insight it offers is unique. It is an opportunity to put the skills I have acquired through my progressive teaching practicums to the test and simultaneously learn the teaching methodologies and strategies employed there.