ERIC Number: ED340237
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Dec
"No, Mother, I Don't Speak Japanese": Learning To Teach in an ESL Classroom.
Insights into Open Education, v24 n4 Dec 1991
The personal experience of an English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) instructor is recounted in this discussion of how to teach non- or limited-English speaking students. With only 18 hours of ESL training, the instructor began teaching her first ESL students. The immediacy of feedback was recognized as a great advantage. Characteristics of effective teaching methods were found to include the following: comprehensible input, or giving students information they are able to understand; presentation of information in context; learning situations that are relevant and meaningful; purpose, or learning driven by real needs; comfort, or non-threatening learning situations; respect for native language and culture; and integration of literacy tasks around a theme or focus. Several successful methods and components are briefly summarized: Asher's Total Physical Response (TPR); TPR plus action songs, chants, and finger plays; the Language Experience Approach; shared reading; writing without a pencil (e.g., video, artwork, tape recordings); dialogue journals; text sets, in which known structures are applied to new learnings; readers' theatre and creative dramatics; participatory learning; the buddy system; and parent involvement. Contains 10 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Dakota Univ., Grand Forks. Center for Teaching and Learning.