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    As a new teacher working with lower performing ELLs, I was looking for that one particular tip or strategy that would improve their fluency levels in reading. My students were borderline students and were constantly exposed to failure. Many of these students had poor reading strategies and some were too intimidated to read beyond the first few sentences. I started with the most logical starting point - the text. Many textbooks often have more texts than are needed or texts which may not be suitable in one way or another. Often, the teacher feels that it is necessary to use additional readings as supplements. When presented with a reading text, many of my students became passive. I gave them simplified exercises, easier language input, a choice of graded exercises, but this partially helped with improving their fluency levels. My goal was to choose a text that had direct consequences for building fluency. I discovered that the role of a text can facilitate with vocabulary learning and comprehension, which are the necessary ingredients for improving fluency. Tip 1 - ELLs need shorter texts with known vocabulary If there are texts or passages that initially appear too difficult for the ELLs, the teacher can facilitate fluency by reworking parts or the structure or vocabulary of the text for building active practice. As a pre-reading activity, I often encourage predictions on the text based on the target vocabulary. Tip 2 - Enhance the Visual Appearance of Texts Richard Day…

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    A. Language enculturation At a very young age children start to learn our cultures language, this happens from observation. A child may unintentionally point to something like a tree and their parents will say that’s a tree, after doing that a few times they child learns. They also learn their language from listening to other member of the culture communicating to each other. It is rare for a member of our culture to learn a second language because we hardly come in contact with the outside…

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    Oral Language Development

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    Children will learn how to mean from these language functions which are structural but not grammatical until the transition into the linguistic system. Fostering oral language development is a key aspect of the Australian Curriculum (ACARA, and Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) (DEEWR, 2009). Language can be seen through body language, sign language and written communication. Although, written form is a secondary delivery system and oral is the first, school literacy is the main form of…

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    Michael Luchini Professor Eike Reichardt Cultural Geography 3 May 2015 Languages: Languages spoken on Planet Earth Without languages being created and widely-spoken, human beings would have a very bad way of communicating with each other. It would be virtually impossible to have countries succeed without some form of communication. Thankfully, there has been 6,909 languages that have been created and widely spoken as of 2009 ("How Many Languages Are There in the World? | Linguistic Society of…

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    Over the course of many years, various alterations have been made in our communication systems. With the help of technology, today 's engaged culture has developed a completely modernized language. Everyday, various changes in speech and writing are made because of the telecommunication inventions that are seen world wide. Technology has been a key factor in the development, involvement, and links that we see in everyday life. Language is a complex system of communication that is progressive,…

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    beautiful in the same time. Taking that into account, linguistics has a very difficult, yet significant job, in today’s society. Linguistics. What is it exactly? Linguistics is the study of language, in short. In other words, it is “the scientific study of language, specifically of language form, language meaning, and language in context.” (Wikipedia) Besides that, linguistics has three main subfields including,…

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    speech, and occupation’” (Giddens 2006, 303). Therefore it is often difficult for one to enter a higher social class than their own, or obtain a career in a higher social class than their social status. Similarly, “In Canada, a study argued that more than 85 per cent of the population is … middle-class, sharing to a greater or lesser extent their values, aspirations, living standards, and … speech standards’”, so middle-class Canadians often find it difficult to advance above the middle class of…

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    the most powerful factors behind the influence of social behavior. Language is used – socially – to transfer information about who we are, where we come from, and who we associate with. One may be shocked to realize just how much we – as a society – tend to judge someone’s background, character, and intentions based solely on an individual’s language, dialect, or even the choice of a single word. The study of language contact focuses on how speakers of differing languages can influence one…

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    Adolescent Language

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    Firstly, we will take a broad look at the general consensus adult attitude towards not only adolescents themselves but the greatly negative attitudes directed towards adolescent speech choices and linguistic features commonly linked to adolescent use. As stated by Penelope Eckert (2003), this age group is the predominant leader in much of the linguistic variance that occurs altogether, which commonly include the use of non standard features of language such as slang, alternative quotative…

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    Shakespeare plays may seem outdated to modern eyes as the language is hard to understand, however, Shakespeare’s plays are just as relevant now as they were 400 years ago when he was writing them. This is due to their universal themes and the relatable characters. The themes of guilt and power are relevant not only in Macbeth, but also in modern day because human nature has not changed. The characters in Macbeth are relatable because the audience can identify the connections between situations…

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