……This Just In……. According to an article written yesterday by Brian Feagans of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: One out of every four of Gwinnett county’s 719,398 residents is foreign born. Gwinnett is now 19% Black, 16% Hispanic & 10% Asian
According to an article written yesterday by Brian Feagans of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
What does this mean for Technical College Faculty?????
You’re not in Kansas anymore!Instructional strategies for technical college faculty addressing the needs of Limited English Proficient students and students of other cultures
By James S. May
Professor of English as a Second Language
Valencia Community College
Directions: On page 2 of your handout, you will find a ten question multiple-choice quiz. Please take a few minutes to take that quiz right now.
Gestures: The Do's and Taboos of Body Language around the World by Roger E. Axtell
Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of the United States and uses US currency.
Many Asians find it difficult to actually say the word no, and instead more comfortably indicate their displeasure or disagreement with a gesture.
In Aruba, most people speak, write, and read English, Spanish, Dutch and Papiamento. Many also speak French and German.
Talk briefly with those sitting next to you; How do you think the rest of the world stereotypes Americans? If you could summarize these stereotypes in one or two words, what words would you choose?
The five-day Soccer War ended when El Salvador withdrew from Honduran territory.
Unintended Cultural Bias
When you teach, do you use?
Analogy Story telling Realia
Current events Pop Culture
The word "dollar" comes from the German word "Taler" (Low German "Daler"). "Taler" is short for "Joachimstaler," a coin made with metal from Joachimsthal, a town in the Erzgebirge Mountains, Czech Republic.
In much of Asia, a smile can be used to cover up embarrassment, shock, or fury.
Bonus Question: Alfred Nobel of Sweden (1833-1896) left the bulk of his fortune to establish the Nobel Prizes, which are awarded each year in the categories of medicine, physics, literature, chemistry, peace, and economics. Nobel made his fortune inventing and marketing:
Nobel made his money on his new explosive called dynamite which he patented it in 1867.
Close to 47 percent of the Nobel laureates in the world are Americans; however that does mean 53% come from some other country/culture.
For a statistic more near and dear to the hearts of English teachers, only 25 percent of the Nobel laureates in literature are English speaking and only 12 percent of those are American.
BICS (Basic Interpersonal Communication Skills) is the language used in social, face to face interactions sometimes referred to as playground language. It is context embedded and low in cognitive demands. Research has shown that it typically takes second language learners 2 to 3 years to acquire BICS. On the other hand
CALP (Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency) is the language required for academic achievement. It is language that is reduced in context and high in cognitive demands. Research has shown that it takes anywhere from 7 to 10 years to acquire CALP.
In the 1970s, Krashen suggests that Comprehensible input is what leads to acquisition of language
In the 1980s, Swain suggests opportunities to produce language are what is necessary for important for acquisition.
Modern beliefs are that no one side is correct, teachers are supposed to create interactive learning environments for students, where they can get input and create output in the Authentic negotiation of language.
I recommend one-on-one feedback for second language students. I also recommend teachers and tutors to use these following tricks.