ERIC Number: ED295500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Should I Learn the Local Language When Teaching Abroad?
Katchen, Johanna E.
For practical reasons, teachers of English as a second language abroad may choose not to learn the local language. However, the advantages of learning even a little of the language far outweigh any inconvenience caused by extra study time. First, teachers abroad lead more comfortable lives when not depending on others for basic needs such as buying food or mailing letters. Second, they gain the respect of students and others because language-learning efforts communicate the value of language and culture and may help the teacher understand specific classroom problems such as pronunciation or discussion difficulties. Third, and perhaps most significant, is the effect that learning another language has on one's teaching philosophy, improving empathy and confidence by modeling second language practice. (MSE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).