To aid information storage in long-term memory and later retrieval, English language teachers (EFL ESL) need to use a combination of multi-sensory teaching methods to introduce and later rehearse and recycle material.
Language is layered and complex and for those who have specific language learning difficulties acquiring English as a second or foreign language is more challenging than we often realise. A previous post has dealt with some of the reasons why students may not be progressing as quickly as teachers may think they should. Still, before … Continue reading Is English Preventing English Language Students From Progressing?
If a student seems to be having difficulties with their English language studies, you may have to investigate the cause in order to provide a solution. Check whether your students had difficulties acquiring any of the language skills in their L1 and if they still have difficulties.
If ESL EFL students have not become fully competent in one of the language skills of their L1, it could very well be affecting the way and speed at which they will acquire their second or foreign language.
One reason why ESL and EFL students may be having difficulty learning a foreign or second language is that they rely heavily on their native language (L1) writing system and the English orthography differs greatly to their L1.
There are always a number of students in foreign language classes that can't seem to keep up with the pace of the other students. The following four theories may help teachers pinpoint the root of their ESL / EFL students' difficulties.
If you have students in your classrooms who are under-performing in an unexpected way and their progress does not correspond to the amount of work and determination they are investing, it is possible they have an undiagnosed learning disability or specific learning disorder.
ESL EFL teachers or professionals need to be aware that English language students have qualities and learning differences that can enhance or hold back their language acquisition process. However, the language itself also has components that may inhibit learning.
Today, in classrooms, hundreds of struggling EFL ESL students of all ages and levels sit frustrated and suffering and feeling like failures. Teachers often wonder why they can’t keep up and view them as ‘slow learners’ or think “they are not motivated and just not trying hard enough”. Most teachers of English aren’t trained to instruct students who do not fit into the ‘norm’.