ERIC Number: ED149603
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-May-27
Reference Count: 0
Teaching Freshman English to Native and Non-Native Students: Some Similarities and Some Differences.
Macha, Dyne H.
This paper, intended for freshman English instructors who teach reading and writing to both native and non-native students, discusses basic differences and similarities affecting instruction for the two groups. For example, non-native linguistic differences encourage teachers to deal with syntactic interference in reading and with highly embedded constructions in writing. Further, non-native cultural differences urge instructors to treat rhetorically mixed patterns of paragraph development as well as implicit information. And, together, non-native linguistic and cultural differences force teachers to make certain adjustments with assignments and reading and writing materials. Nevertheless, similarities in instruction for native and non-native students far outweigh differences. Not only are objectives the same for both groups of students; many instructional techniques are also similar. Techniques found to be workable in teaching mixed groups of native and non-native students and segregated sections of both groups are listed and discussed. (Author)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, College Freshmen, Cultural Differences, English, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Interference (Language), Language Instruction, Language Skills, Native Speakers, Reading Instruction, Reading Skills, Second Language Learning, Syntax, Teaching Methods, Writing Skills, Written Language
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (New Orleans, Louisiana, May 27, 1977)