Learning new language might seem like an intimidating task. Having knowledge of the right methods can not only make the process more efficient but more enjoyable as well.
English language learners do not have the same knowledge that their native English speaking peers do, so it is essential that you create opportunities for it. And it's not that ELL students do not have background knowledge. They just have it in another language!
Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing Andrea Honigsfeld and Dr. Maria Dove, who were gracious enough to provide readers of the Teachers' Diversity Coach, insights and information on teacher collaboration and on their new book, Collaboration and Co-teaching: Strategies for English Learners. In the past few years, collaboration between general education teachers and ESL teachers who teach English language learners is emerging as a highly important development that is helping teachers of ELL students address the problems of how to support this diverse student population more academically.
English is quite a difficult language to get to grips with. Many non-native people who attempt to learn English find themselves making a few common mistakes. However, coming up against such obstacles should not deter any language students. What follows are examples of a few commonly made mistakes, which will hopefully enable students learning English to avoid or overcome them.
by Boye Lafayette De Mente
Most people still today mistakenly regard the arts and crafts of individual societies as their "culture." Arts and crafts reflect culture but they do not create it and they do not transmit it. You can view and collect Chinese artifacts or Eskimo artifacts all your life and you will not become fully conversant with the cultures that created them.
English classes are the most popular way in which people study English. They are so amazingly popular that most people do not even think about how to learn English. The process is automatic: I want to learn English, so I sign up for an English course. I will pay some money, sit in class for a few hours a week, and I will get good English.
by Sepideh Mirzaee & Esmail Faghih
In the present study, the way of deploying one of the most important kinds of references -deixis, and its major types and subtypes and also the effect of cultural differences between English and Persian languages on using them, was explored by employing the contrastive procedure. Three types of comparisons were made: (a) an original English novel written by a native speaker of English was compared with an original Persian novel written by an Iranian writer (as a non-native of English), (b) another original English novel written by a native speaker of English was compared with its translation into Persian and (c) finally both English texts under investigation were compared with both of the Persian texts under study regardless of being original or translation. For these comparisons, a corpus of 30 pages (approximately 10, 000 words each) from the beginning of each novel and the translated version were utilized.
While you're learning English as your second language, you should know that there are millions like you trying to understand the complexities of the language, such as: irregular verbs and their applications, the difference between many and much, trying to pronounce the group of consonants TH to sound as natural as possible. You're not alone! Yes, there are more millions people across the world trying to learn English and around 1.5 billion people who already speak the English language.
English is considered by many foreigners one of the most difficult languages to learn. The following list displays the obstacles that prevent some people from learning English:
There is a crucial factor in determining whether a learner will be successful in their language learning and that is our beliefs.