LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||19/MAR/2010 1:54 PM|
Does he have a good command of his native language? If his Portuguese sucks rocks, we cannot expect him to do any better in English.
If he does well in Portuguese, perhaps his problem is one of nerves. He be wanting so much to please his teacher that he is stumbling over himself. His years of study and life in the USA may also be giving him a false sense of confidence. One possible solution is to get him to slow down, to think the sentence before saying it, to avoid rapid responses to questions. Once his English improves, then he can worry about speed.
We equate years of study and life overseas with a good command of a language. I am not convinced of such a connection. In an hour I am having lunch with three friends: two Americans and a Costa Rica. One American has lived in Costa Rica for at least four years. He is highly intelligent and articulate in English. His Spanish is terrible. His Costa Rican wife lived in the USA for many years. She has a good English vocabulary, but her knowledge of grammar is non-existent and her pronunciation is awful. You would expect them to be fully bilingual. They are not.
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