The Difference Between A Stranger And A Friend

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“The difference between a stranger and a friend is a story” (Pinto, 2014) such is the power of language and storytelling. Language is more than a verbal interaction or text written on a page, as it impacts our very human existence on a daily basis. It creates relationships, facilitates learning and crosses cultural divides.

The statement by Grugeon and Gardner (2000) clearly states that language cannot be viewed in isolation, devoid of any social context. The learning of language and literacy requires both elements of structured grammar knowledge along with socio-cultural aspects for any meaningful communication to exist.

Using language, storytelling, writing and understanding the power of socio-cultural aspects are essential tools for
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Students enter their school life with what is known as a virtual schoolbag. This schoolbag is packed with morals and emotions, some have experienced love and others loss. They all come from different cultures and environments and their aspects of life and living will vary from one child to another. Campbell & Green (2006, p. 2) states it perfectly when saying that it just means that different people bring different ‘things’ (ideas, beliefs, values, understanding, previous experiences etc.) “A child’s first language is a crucial point of emotional, psychological and cognitive anchorage” (Grugeon & Garder, 2013, p.108). This is the core of what a student brings to the classroom. Teachers are now faced with the crucial duty of detecting the interests and needs of the children and how their socio-cultural environment and background have impacted the way in which they have developed their use of languages.

Language is a tool that is used by all. As humans, we never stop learning language. Babies will start their language as a babble that forms into single use of words, then joining two or three words together to finally form sentences. As they grow, they learn from their environment and family home. Through primary school, children learn through readers and writing and as they get older through text books and essays. As adults, they still continue to learn through digital media and new situations one finds themselves
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