LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||24/NOV/2013 7:34 PM|
I read on "Highway to TESL" by Pink Dang, B.A. that the typical non-native speaker at most ESL programs in the US or Canada speaks English at 50 % of the total 120 score on the TOEFL iBT, which is roughly equivalent to an 8th grade reader in the US or Canada, and these students at this level make many grammatical and pronunciation mistakes making communication difficult.
The advantage of ESL students living in the US or Canada is that they are in close contact with native speakers and that creates confidence in speaking the language, but on the other hand ESL students learning and living abroad nowadays, are at an disadvantage because they are surrounded by foreigners at many levels speaking English with a variety of accents.
I could notice that back 20 years ago Brazilians on exchange programs in the US would learn English faster and better because they had less distractions and communication with Brazil was difficult.
Now students that go abroad to learn English are very much in contact with other Brazilians either abroad or online and that gets in the way of the language learning and cultural assimilation.
This is why I would suggest Leonam to conside starting an English Center that can be accessed on the Cloud, and that also offers an Immersion Program.
And Following Patrick's lead such Immersion Program could feature a couple of native speakers, so that students can be exposed to the native speaker English.
A teacher from São Paulo is doing exactly that, he trains his students, and then offers a monthly Immersion Experience, and he brings native speakers into the Immersion Experience. His name is Daniel Bonatti, he can be found at www.livEnglish.com.br
One of the activities that Daniel offers during the immersion program is that students sit at a circle and each has the opportunity to show and tell so that they can learn how to speak in public and overcome their fears.
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