ERIC Number: ED453092
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
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Mexico & Guatemala: A Close-Up Look at Their Ethos as a Tool To Improve ESL Instruction in the U.S. Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad Program, 2000 (Mexico and Guatemala).
This paper presents the experiences of a secondary teacher of English as a Second Language (ESL) who went to Mexico and Guatemala to improve her ability to help Hispanic students new to the English language and/or to the United States. Before the project, the teacher incorporated into her ESL class the same strategies she used in teaching French, Spanish, and Japanese language classes. After her research in Guatemala and Mexico and an analysis of her journals and past lesson plans, she found that she failed to understand the composition of the class; made no connection to the students' previous learning; had no information on their previous levels of achievement; did not incorporate Hispanic studies into the curriculum; focused solely on U.S. language, culture, and history; failed to understand the diversity of Hispanic people; and taught from her own perspective, culture, and ideals. The paper shares ideas for more effective ESL teaching. (BT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Center for International Education (ED), Washington, DC.
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Identifiers - Location: Guatemala; Mexico