The Reflection Of Teaching English As A Second Language

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English as a second language (ESL) is learned through-out our entire universe. Each student(s) may be effected in a different way in their course of learning. I interviewed an educator by the name of Salvatore Di Giallonardo, who is the creator, director, and a teacher for Languages for Communications school in Pescara, Italy. I was able to skype him several times during this process to gain as much knowledge on the effects teaching English to students who spoke a different language. During the interview, I explored with these questions: What do the students do when they make an error in pronunciation? What method does the school use to teach ESL to their students and what are your thoughts on this method? How important do you think immersion …show more content…
The class has 26 students in which 19 of them are bilingual and most are learning English as a Second Language. I noticed the same reaction as Di Giallonardo had with his students. I would add that some students that I was tutoring would make an error in pronunciation and instead of shying away, they would disregard my corrective feedback and continue to pronounce the words incorrectly. In the research that I conducted, the best way to boost the students self-esteem in pronunciation is with effective communication (CSU, 1993-2016). First, you must choose to work with the problems that significantly hinder communication and let the rest go (CSU, 1993-2016). Some ideas for focusing on specific pronunciation are: voicing, aspiration, mouth position, intonation, linking, vowel length, syllabus, and specific sounds (CSU, …show more content…
As Di Giallonardo was explaining the teaching method I became more and more interested and learned that this method is commonly used in other countries but not so much in America. In America we use several methods, we use 4 types of ESL programs and 2 types of bilingual education programs. The 4 types of ESL programs are: Dual Language Learners, Pull-Out ESL, ESL Class Period, and Sheltered English (McKeon, 1997). The 2 types of bilingual education programs are, One-Way Developmental Bilingual Education and Two-Way Bilingual Education (McKeon, 1997). Each one is unique in their own way in how a student will learn English. Some factors that will determine which method you would be teaching is, ESL population, type of funding from the town/state, and highly qualified educators who preferably are bilingual (McKeon,

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