ERIC Number: ED345510
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jan
The Challenges of Teaching Advanced Students.
Matice, Melinda Sue
Advanced students of English as a Second Language bring attitudinal differences and particular linguistic challenges to the classroom. They can generally communicate well in English, making individual needs less obvious and less consistent. Students may resist shifting from intermediate instruction, in which emphasis is on what the student knows, to advanced instruction, where the focus must be on knowledge gaps. Student goals at this level may vary widely. The teacher must first learn more about each student's situation and objectives, then develop activities and projects fostering student independence and creativity. Literature offers a depth and richness of expression that addresses some of these challenges, and literature-related projects can provide structure and a sense of group achievement. Pre-reading, reading, post-reading, and other text-related exercises can be designed to stress language development. Grammar and accuracy are often the most difficult areas to teach because of diverse student needs. Error correction is essential but must be individualized, requiring early testing. One small-group discussion technique uses a system of finger signals to aid self-correction. Students should also participate heavily in the planning of individual research and creative projects or group projects. These techniques require teachers to adjust their roles. (MSE)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Masters Theses; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.A.T. Thesis, School for International Training, Brattleboro, VT.