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ERIC Number: EJ798344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1080-5699
Teaching Tips and Assignment Ideas for ESL Students
Vance, Kathleen; Fitzpatrick, Dale
Business Communication Quarterly, v70 n1 p63-69 2007
English as a second language (ESL) students pose a challenge in the classroom because teachers' assumptions about the languages and cultural information in students' heads may be wrong. Students' assumptions about teachers, courses, and subjects may likewise be faulty. In this article, the authors offer teaching tips and assignment ideas for ESL students. These teaching tips and assignments are designed to clarify understanding of both parties in the business communication classroom. By talking and writing about their assumptions, both teachers and students can spot comprehension problems and expose otherwise hidden cultural assumptions. By encouraging students to model thinking and communicating styles, teachers provide the guidance and scaffolding ESL students need, without singling them out as different from the class norm, thus ensuring these students' inclusion in all classroom events.
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Language: English
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