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In my country, English is taught as a foreign language. The school that I was teaching is a bilingual school. They use English as one of instruction languages. However, in a certain level, the instruction language is mixed between L1 and English depending on the need of students. I teach English for senior high school students. Their ages are ranging from 13 to 14. The students in this context are first-grade students in senior high school. They are divided into two level. The one that I am preparing the material for is the pre- intermediate level students. These students can understand a simple text even though they do not understand all vocabulary. They read graded reader book every week and have a test every two month. This reading activity aims for comprehension and vocabulary practice.t
I choose this text because of the theme of the text is familiar to students’ daily life. This text is about electronic rubbish (Appendix). Moreover, I think students will enjoy reading this text as it provides interesting information about electronic devices that they regularly interact with. I hope that the familiarity of content will help their understanding.
After running this text into Lexical Tutor website, I find that 77.06% of text categorize as K1 and 12.84% of it categorizes as K2. However, there are some words which are relatively low-frequency word and that my students might not understand. These words such as recycle, copper, toxic which are
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I was born in Vietnam. I left Vietnam to come to United State with my family when I was about 12 years old. I was really young at the time. It was a long time ago because I am 20 years old now. At that time, life for me was simple. I didn’t have to worry about anything. I stop going to school in Vietnam at grade five and stay at home for two years. It was really fun while I was at home. When I was at home, my parent wants me to learn English. So I learned English in Vietnam. When I got to United State, I started middle school at United for Success in Oakland. I start school in Oakland at grades 7. It was after Christmas when I started class. Over here, it really different than my home country. In my country Vietnam, It was really hot.
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In today’s global world, the importance of English can not be denied and ignored since English is the most common language spoken in most countries. With the help of developing technology, English has been playing a major role in many sectors including medicine, engineering, and education, which, in my opinion, is the most important arena where English is needed. English is the main language in fifty-three different countries and is spoken by about four hundred million people according to “So Here’s What’s Happening to English”. With the help of two essays “The New Technologies in the World” written by Dennis Baron and “So Here’s What’s Happening to English” written by Jack Rosenthal, you’ll soon then understand how English is changing right beneath your feet. Consequently, English should be the medium of instruction at universities and everyone should learn English in the United States for the following three reasons: finding a high-quality job, being able to communicate with others, and a more wide access to knowledge.
English is a language which can be traced back to the 5th century by migration and resettlement of its speakers into the different parts of the world. Beginning its foundation of the American colonies into Europe and into the 17th century with its establishment of the East India Company (Paranjpe & Prasad, 2010). The 200 years of presence that English had in India left a huge impression on its language orientation. Both attitudinally and linguistically English has made its place into the new cultural environment and fresh communicative needs. Despite the government’s support towards Hindi, the language inculcating the largest number of speakers under it compared to the other Indian Languages has not yet been able to take up the prestige that English holds in India. India’s larger population is bilingual with proficiency in English. Today it has earned the privilege as the language of the world’s developed countries, their technologies and economy (Paranjpe & Prasad, 2010). It is the very reason that this language has caught the attention of the future generations irrespective of their home country to put English at the pedestal and give development of their native tongue a second place. The provision that English gives on the professional front is too strong as compared to any of the other languages in India. It has not only acquired a wide range of functions in the Indian society, but has also linguistically evolved its own characteristic features at the
In American, it is a given that there will be moments in life where a person may encounter barriers. A car can only go so far without gasoline and there is only so far in life a person can go without encountering a language barrier in America, the land of the culturally diverse. Most of today’s American youth are not being equipped the skills that can be more valuable to them in their futures besides the basic core focuses. The American education system lacks arts and language education programs that are needed that help enhance student performance in more than just their studies. To improve the communication and understanding skills that children have, the American education system needs to improve foreign language education in all grade levels and schools need to focus more on arts education to improve the overall student performance.
From the years 2009 to 2013, the United States’ number of foreign language enrollment diminished significantly. Voulez-vous apprendre une langue étrangère? In the post 2013 findings, we saw that the U.S. dropped 111,000 spots meaning that only 7 percent of college students are enrolled in a foreign language. Since this is the first drop since 1995, people are in a flurry to find out who is to blame. Being the Head of the student committee charged with recommending how to best update and adapt the University of Oregon’s foreign language departments and courses, it is my job to resolve this problem. With my set of skills I bring to the table there is no doubt we will resolve these problems. After doing some light research about foreign language in the United States I saw some information that states, “the vast majority—95 percent—of all language enrollments were in a European language. This is just one indicator demonstrating the shortcomings and inequalities in language education today.” This data illustrates the need for foreign language in our world more than ever before and is showing us what has happened so far and a peek into the future if we do not stop now. This ultimately leaves me with one question, Should the University of Oregon require all students, regardless of degree to take a foreign language?
It was during the 1800s that a decision was taken which had ended up being the turning point for the language in education scenario in India and changed the orientation of language priority in Indian education. The decision was taken to ignore the vernacular medium education and concentrate entirely on English as the single language for instruction (Paranjpe & Prasad, 2010)(Sridhar, 1989). It was made clear that those who had attained education in English would be preferred over the vernacular educated class. English had become the language of higher education and with the establishment of the prestigious universities in the major cities like Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Lahore, Allahabad and Punjab, English had achieved its supremacy (Sridhar, 1989) (Krishnaswamy & Krishnaswamy, 2006). From this point onwards education came to be equated with English education and those who studied in vernacular medium were put permanently in the background (Sridhar, 1989), a mindset prevalent in the mind of Indians even today. Despite the changes which were made in the language policies in the 1900s to make space for vernacular languages in the educational setting did not meet with the expected success (Krishnaswamy & Krishnaswamy, 2006) (Sridhar, 1989). By 1970s and 1980s about one-third of the India had its schools using English as their medium of instruction (Paranjpe & Prasad, 2010). Hence the language in education policy during the colonial era had created two different media of
What inspires a man to forge his linguistic capabilities of his primary language from sub-rudimentary level, into an art form? Well, as I am only a singular individual, I cannot answer for the entirety of society, but I can give you a record of a period of my life that motivated me to attempt to excel at learning the English Language. So, what inspired me to learn the English Language better than what I knew beforehand? The answer is not as straight forward. I had many things that happened to me around the same time, the first event was my experiences in Speech and Debate. The Second was what I learned in English Class and History Class. Finally, was me learning military tactics, and philosophy. All of these events helped me to come to the conclusion that in order to be an excellent leader and be a persuasive speaker or writer, one must know the language of his subordinates, peers, and superiors, and be able to communicate effectively with them.
During the early 1500s America was pillaged by several European foreigners; for example, the Spanish, French, and British. However, there were tens of thousands of people already occupying America. When Europeans first invaded, over 300 languages were already being spoken and taught by over 562 different tribes. All of these languages were extremely complex and distinct, none of these languages being English. After colonization many of these languages became extinct, even today they are becoming less and less used; thus, wiping away what is left of Native American culture and language.
I am an international student from China. English is required for every student to learn as a second language in China. I was exposed to English in the first grade. General grammatical structure and vocabulary are taught through primary school to high school. My parents also enrolled me to multiple English summer camps in order to put me in an environment where English is the only language spoken by students and foreign teachers. My oral skills were improved through the experience of summer camps. In the formal English class, the teacher would use numerous strategies to teach. For instance, the teacher used cassettes to play the textbook’s readings in order to help students to learn the correct pronunciation. In the morning, students were often required to read out loud and repeat the vocabulary learned on the previous day to memorize the vocabulary. Chinese and English were both used by the teacher to teach in class. Through my secondary school experience of learning English, I would say the things I learned in English class gave me a basic understanding of the sentence structure and a limited vocabulary expansion. By the time when I started studying abroad in the United States, I realized what I learned in China were not enough. I had a hard time to understand the teacher’s instruction and communicate with my host family. My host family encouraged me to join the school’s cheerleading team and other school activities. This experience gave me a chance to bond with American
Many Americans due to the fact that they have been in America they believe that the English language is easier to master than another language. Moreover, U.S college students believes that since they speak English frequently throughout the day they have mastered the English language. However, this may sound like common sense but it not true. Studies “from the U.S Department of Education shows that many high school seniors are graduating unable to read at grade level and one in four cannot read at even the most basic level” (abcnews.go.com). These studies completely refute the theory that mastering the skills of English is unnecessary. Malcolm X who “was one of the most articulate and powerful leaders of black America during the 1960s” even struggled with the English language (palomar.edu). In addition to that, he was born in America too. Evidence to the previous claim is in “Learning to Read,” where Malcom X said it himself saying, “Trying to write simple English, I not only wasn’t articulate, I wasn’t even functional.” Malcom X did not let that stop him. He performs some effective techniques in his pursuit of enhancement that college students emulate if they want to improve. Practicing, Reading, and learning new words are three effective techniques that college students should use to reach their mastery level of the English language.
“In the world were over seven thousand languages have exisisted, one language had become dominate. This dominant language is English.” “In the majority of countries throughout the world speak English as their second or first language, no longer just America or England.” English has taken many forms, American English, the Queen’s English, Australian, Canadian English, and several others. Even American English has taken several types of English, Jersey English, East Coast English, West Coast English, Southern English, slang English, and Ebonics. All of these languages have major variants between them, but are all of them are still understood aboard. Without English the world couldn’t operate,