ERIC Number: ED213261
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
"But It's English, Isn't It?" Teaching English as a Second Language and/or Developmental English--Same Methods?
Foreign students in American universities need to attain proficiency in English as a Second Language (ESL) as well as knowledge of American cultural and economic life in order to pursue further training in other fields of study. An examination of the needs of foreign students who are deficient in English language skills indicates that a developmental English class designed to remedy deficiencies among native English-speaking students will not meet the needs of the foreign student. This would seem to be the case because of divergence in intuitive, semantic, and cultural knowledge between the ESL student and the native speaker. The answer to the question of how ESL students are to be taught may lie in the nature of the teacher training program. The prospective teacher should have taken courses in methodology with broad bases in linguistics, education, and English, as well as in culture. Equally important is a feeling for and love of language which the teacher must transmit to students. (AMH)
Descriptors: Cross Cultural Training, Cultural Awareness, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Native Language Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Remedial Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Student Needs, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the New York State English to Speakers of Other Languages and Bilingual Educators Association (10th, New York, NY, October 24-26, 1980). Some broken type.