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NYS TESOL Applied Linguistics Winter Conference March 1, 2014 Strategies for Encouraging Adult ELLs to Speak English Outside of Class. Alexandra Dylan Lowe SUNY/Westchester Community College alowe44@verizon.net http://blog.tesol.org/author/alowe. Why are we here?.

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NYS TESOLApplied Linguistics Winter ConferenceMarch 1, 2014Strategies for Encouraging Adult ELLs to Speak English Outside of Class

Alexandra Dylan Lowe

SUNY/Westchester Community College

alowe44@verizon.net

http://blog.tesol.org/author/alowe

do you recognize any of these students
Do you recognize any of these students?
  • A student who doesn’t answer the telephone when it rings at home.
  • Or who asks for Con Ed’s Spanish-speaking customer service representative
  • Or who shops only in Brazilian stores where they can speak Portuguese.
recognize any of these
Recognize any of these?
  • Or who only goes to doctors who speak Japanese.
  • Who wouldn’t let their children have play dates with American children because they are afraid to speak to the playmates’ mothers.
  • Or who uses an online book reading service to read a bedtime story to their children rather than read in English to them.
self directed learning 5 step process
Self-directed learning:5-step process

Step 1: Consciousness-raising on Day 1

Step 2: Advice from fluent ELL’s

Step 3: Discovering the secrets of successful ELLs

Step 4: Making a Personal English Plan

Step 5: Success Books Logs - Tracking implementation of the plan

step 1 consciousness raising from day 1 the mixer how do you practice english outside of class
Step 1: Consciousness Raising from Day 1The Mixer:“How do you practice Englishoutside of class?”
step 2 advice from fluent non native speakers of english
Step 2: Advice from Fluent Non-native Speakers of English

Liliana:

  • No more TV in Spanish.
  • Keep the TV on in English when you are home.
  • You have to make a plan for yourself.
  • Find someone you work with and ask them to how say this or that.
  • Read in English.
  • Talk to old people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-LPRK3P3C6A

step 2 advice from fluent non native speakers of english1
Step 2: Advice from Fluent Non-Native Speakers of English

Eugene:

  • Seek out English speakers and imitate them.
  • Talk to yourself in English. Try to think in English.
  • Play your favorite DVDs over and over again, picking up new words each time.
  • Jot down new vocabulary words and idioms. Use them right away.
step 3 discover the secrets of successful adult ells2
Step 3: Discover the secrets of successful adult ELLs
  • Run away from people who speak your language. Be in contact with as many English speakers as possible. Ask them to correct you.
  • Expose yourself to America and to American culture. Avoid stores and other locations in the U.S. where they speak your language.
  • Watch movies and TV without Spanish subtitles. Use English closed captions.
  • Just try to speak – if necessary, use gestures.
  • Try to think in English.
  • Keep a pencil and a notebook with you to write down new words and expressions.
and still more secrets
And still more “secrets”
  • Talk to somebody with modern tools, such as Skype, Facebook, YouTube, QQ.
  • Watch TV.
  • Don’t hang out with Arabians.
  • Carry a notebook around and write down new vocabulary words
  • Don’t to [sic] make Japanese friends
  • Read newspapers
  • Listen to music and try to find out the lyrics.
  • Don’t be affraid [sic] of asking when you don’t know the meaning.
my personal english plan march 2014
MY PERSONAL ENGLISH PLANMarch 2014

Here are 3 ways I plan to spend more time speaking English this month:

1.

2.

3.

I plan to spend _______ minutes/hours speaking English every day.

Here are 3 ways I plan to spend more time listening to English this month:

1.

2.

3.

I plan to spend _______ minutes/hours listening to English every day.

edgar s plan
Edgar’s Plan

“In my job, at least one small word or a short phrase I’ll add to every people I receive, not only with the “Hello, how are you?”  This method will be the beginning to a possible conversation.  20 people a day I say hello, 3 of them answer me back, I’ll have talked at least 3 persons every day.  And it’s only the beginning.”

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Getting Ahead in English Outside of ClassSuccess BookLog for the week of ____________________, 2014

Log for the week of __________________ , 2014

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Success Book World Record

45 hours in one week !!

some of the changes students start to make
Some of the changes students start to make:
  • They start answering the phone at home.
  • One student started scheduling weekly play dates for her son with an American boy his age, and then would spend 2 hours talking with the boys’ mother.
  • A Mexican waiter started sitting with the American waiters at the communal meal after work, rather than sitting with the Mexican busboys.
and still more changes
And still more changes . . . .
  • Seeking out English-speaking co-workers
  • Talking to their cable company’s customer service rep in English
  • Talking to strangers in public settings
  • Helping their children with their homework and reading to their children in English
  • Ramping up their own reading – downloading audiobooks from the library (Dreams of My Father, Fifty Shades of Gray, Harry Potter)
and even more changes
And even more changes . . .
  • Talking to the customers at their husbands’ small business (garage, upholstery business)
  • Going out for a beer with teammates after a soccer game instead of heading home.
  • Joining “Meet Ups”
  • Joining a student club on campus.
  • Volunteering
resources
Resources

Getting Ahead in English Outside of Class: Next Steps, http://blog.tesol.org/getting-ahead-in-english-outside-of-class-next-steps/

Getting Ahead in English Outside of Class, Day 1, http://blog.tesol.org/getting-ahead-in-english-outside-of-class-day-1/

Lowe, Alexandra Dylan, “Self-Directed Learning: Personal Speaking Plans for Adult ELLs”(TESOL Connections, December 2012), http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2012-12-01/3.html

Lowe, Alexandra Dylan, “Self-Directed Learning Strategies for Adult ELLs” (TESOL Connections, March 2012), http://newsmanager.commpartners.com/tesolc/issues/2012-03-01/2.html

thank you for joining me today
Thank you for joining me today!

Alexandra Lowe

(914) 329-0166

alowe44@verizon.net

http://blog.tesol.org/author/alowe