What they do not know is the work that this bilingual student had to accomplish in order to become knowledgeable in the English language. Bilingual teacher preparation comes to be judged because bilingual students are not reaching the academic progress hoped. According to Walqui & Van Lier (2010), there is no perfect person neither in English or Spanish who could be perfect in both languages. This idea refers to the ability to think, read, write, and speak without issue in both languages. An individual always requires the use of their first language to make a connection and then to process the second language.
In the article, “Preserving the Cultural Identity of English Language Learner”, Sumaryono and Ortiz argued that in the classroom, students can become disconnected and feel abandoned if the teacher doesn’t express any sort of sensitivity towards their cultural identities (16). If teachers take some time to understand the cultural identity of the students and develop a good relationship, this could make students feel accepted, worthy and possible show more interest in learning. Students are willing to learn English but being able to freely express themselves and their creativity is of concern. Ortiz recommended that schools “find meaningful ways to incorporate the richness of students’ cultural background in the curriculum” (17). During my high school year, there was a period where students were really under performing in English.
Student say that acquiring vocabulary in a second language is very difficult, using their native language is an instinct, therefore they lack confidence in using a second language to communicate with others. Sometimes it is not easy for students to find the words when they are asked to speak in class. They avoid participating or take their time to build ideas in their mind, searching for the right words to answer. “Vocabulary learning is an essential part of foreign language learning as the meanings of new words are very often emphasized, whether in books or in classrooms. It is also central to language teaching and is of paramount importance to a language
The first steps of creating a healthy multicultural classroom stems from the teacher. The teacher plays a key role in the development of the children in the classroom. Having a good background knowledge on different cultures around the world is important for the teacher to understand more about their students. Being educated on a student’s beliefs, traditions, food, religion, and values, makes a significant difference. Learn the traditions of each child in the classroom.
Integration meaning, not excluding English learners from English speakers. Doing so can have detrimental effects on the English learners, because when they are excluded from the regular classroom, they more often than not fall behind the standard. Thomas and Collier state that their preferred method of language education is some sort of bilingual enrichment or immersion. Immersion is when children are taught in two languages, when they begin school, 90% of instruction is in the minority language. This method proved to make the students proficient in both languages.
Critical Essay 2 Norma Liendo Teaching English as a Second Language Teaching today has become a very interesting job for soon-to-be or current teachers due to the high culture diversity in their classrooms. Teacher not only have to be well prepared to present quality education but also to be able to accommodate for all the students needs regardless of origin, color or race. The important point is not teaching different children but due to their different backgrounds they learn differently; thus, the teachers now need to become aware of the students’ cultures in their classroom as soon as possible. These different learning styles should make the teacher knowledgeable that he/she might have to embark on a journey to explore the students’ cultures and embrace them because at the end of the day he/she has the responsibility to teach all students in the most effective way. To become an effective teaching today
Managing students who seem not understand the lesson Based on my observation the teacher that I observed know there are students who seem not understand the lesson, she will asked to them, then she explained the material in Bahasa. According to Lado (1957:2) states clearly in his book Linguistics Across Cultures that individual tend to transfer the forms and meanings, and the distribution of forms and meanings of their native language to the foreign language, it is productively when attempting to speak the language and receptively when attempting to grasp and understand the language as practiced by natives. From the explanation above that the teacher doing to her student to make them more understand to the lesson and Lado’s quote, I can conclude that second language is very important to be used in learning foreign language and part of success in learning foreign language. 2. Teacher’s English Language Use in The Classroom The teacher has tried to use English as much as possible with her students.
Mainstream schooling is helpful to help learners be ready for the world, they learn how to interact and work together with other learners that come of different cultures, and social backgrounds. Teachers are able to make students think critically, generalize information and help them adapt to new information they learned. Teacher, student and peer interaction creates a social dynamic culture it makes learning meaningful and promotes a group identity amongst the students (Sternberg and Zhang, 2001). An advantage of being in a classroom setting is that the information that the teacher is giving is accurate as they have knowledge and are qualified in their
HI students often face obstacles like having problems expressing themselves, understanding the topic, and participating in classroom activities. The academic curriculum for HI students’ education needs to be adjusted to meet the students’ learning progress. The teacher should always talk face to face to the students to make sure that they comprehend the instructions given by a teacher. It is important to use simple sentences and grammar structures with clear pronunciation to explain to students so that they can understand better. Also, the teacher should be aware of their appearance, as long hair covering their face or long mustache can visually disturb lip reading for HI students.
For Hill (1992, p. 42), the students’ overuse of their mother tongue is one of the main issues of book discussions in EFL classes. It is necessary for the teachers to emphasize the importance of discussing the texts in English. Otherwise, the activity cannot be meaningful and helpful to improve the learners’ communicative competence in the foreign language. Furthermore, teachers could deal with conflicts or behavior problems that may emerge from group work. Literature circles may improve the class climate, but creating and maintaining a positive and respectful atmosphere is difficult.