The Importance Of Learning A Foreign Language

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Out of my six-year career as a teacher, I could observe that learning a foreign language by relying only on the conventional teaching strategies will lead to little or no result. Departing from the repetitive grammar translation method to other innovative approaches helped me attain a certain level of motivation and interest from my students in learning ESL. Likewise, as a Fulbright FLTA, I would adopt the same trajectory in teaching Arabic to non-native speakers in order to improve the students’ acquisition of the target language. One of the approaches that I currently implement in my classroom is giving my students an immersive and interactive learning experience. It is undeniable that full immersion in the target language can be quite problematic seeing that as soon as the learners leave the school setting, they are once again surrounded by their native language. For this reason, I endeavor to gain insights into the student' learning attitude from off-class communications with them in the hope of bringing something new for each lesson. Should I be given the opportunity to teach Arabic at US universities, I would persuade my students to step out of the traditional learning setting by visiting Arabic-speaking families and interacting with them, or encouraging them to get involved in events held by Arabs living in the area. As an FLTA, I will be ready to offer students uncommon access to target languages by hosting cooking sessions, cultural presentations, and other
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