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ERIC Number: ED410572
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Pages: 14
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Understanding Students from Other Cultures: What They'd Have Us Know.
Fischer, Ruth Overman
Language minority students filter what they hear in the classroom through their own anxieties at having to process and perform in a mainstream environment. An understanding of the principles of language development from the field of applied linguistics can help instructors work more effectively with language minority students. Several principles of language development within the applied linguistics and English as a second language (ESL) fields have implications for the classroom. The focus in language acquisition is on communication in the moment and on the accomplishment of a meaningful task, accompanied by an abundance of contextual clues, not all of which are necessarily linguistic. Students acquire language through listening and reading, even when they are not producing language through speaking and writing. Literature can also be used as a means for developing empathy in its expression of themes and problems common to humanity. Students can also write their own stories based on their cultural experiences as they relate to these themes and share their stories among their peers. Instructors must examine their own attitudes, prejudices, and stereotypes. Modelling acceptance of each student makes it clear that cultural insensitivity will not be accepted in the classroom. (Contains 23 references.) (CR)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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