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  • in reply to: Unit 5 Reflection #5459

    Learners of English need to be actively engaged with native speakers and other mediums. Social media has expanded global English and has influenced the varieties of English. Dialects and learners variety of English helps them to develop confidence in learning L2 and with more practice, repetition, communication with native speakers will help to achieve intelligibility in the TL.

    The different varieties of English used. Standard English may be globally the case but as there are different varieties students there is the beliefs whether British American or Australian English is better to learn and has a prestige attachment to it. Also there is the annoyance by students that if their teacher is not a native. The hate if their teacher has an accent. There is also the problem of proficiency in English language by students.

    in reply to: Discussion 5.1 – Local Intelligence #5457

    In Melbourne standard English norms continue to prevail and policies ensure that all become proficient in English and break down barriers, such as the AMEP program. This is a program that teachers use text-based teaching and learning to enhance proficiency.

    Learning is forever ongoing and it is important that teachers share their resources, strategies and activities with fellow teachers. This teacher education of the adoption of new strategies and resources will enable teacher to adapt their teaching to an environment where world Englishes have become part of education, teaching and learning.

    in reply to: Reflection 5.1 – Make language your own #5455

    I like the idea too of making English ones own.

    in reply to: Unit 4 Reflections #5454

    I agree a blend of both monolithic and plurilithic way of teaching and learning is best for learners as they strive to reach their target language. Depending on what their motivation is to learn English we need to be mindful that there are many varieties of English when we teach and learn English.

    in reply to: Discussion 4.2 – Testing English #5453

    We need to test learners pluralistically that is in different context. So learning need to take place using text books and learning forms of the language as well as other ways to empower the learner to be able to learn both and use them in all situations.

    in reply to: Reflection 4.2 – Classroom Activities #5452

    Lots of group work and pair work. Running dictations are great as they involved a learner centred environment. Games are activities that consolidate learning as well. Text-based lessons assist in consolidating English learning.

    I teach adult learners and after learning about world Englishes and learning theories I agree that it is important for language learners to be aware of learning English in an global environment where English learning is changing and to give learners the option to dictate how and what they wish to learn.

    in reply to: Discussion 4.1 – Classroom ideas and experiences #5450

    There are many ways to engage students in the classroom such as games, dialogues, scenarios, role plays, conversations and lots of group work. Students needs to be using the language as much as possible.

    in reply to: Unit 3 Reflections #5449

    Proficiency is an aspect of English learning that is ongoing especially as a L2 learner. It is important to learn, use and practice English from various mediums such as classroom, social outings, internet, movies. Learners are exposed to diverse forms of English and need to be learned. Also, learning can only take place if there is motivation, and a positive attitude.

    in reply to: Reflection 3.2 – ‘Learning/teaching cultures’ #5448

    In Australia, learners find it essential to learn English for communication, for work and educational purposes. In this situation, as we have a multilingual culture there are various versions on English depending on the community in which one belongs.

    The reasons for learning English may be for educational purposes, for work, for communication, need to. However, for whatever reason, it really depends on the learners attitude and motivation that may result in their success in learning English.

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    This video was fantastic and has clearly explained how learning occurs. I agree that we learn things or language through being conscious or as he calls is declarative knowledge and then with practice and repetition it becomes unconscious or procedural knowledge. However, it may be applied to language learning because as L2 learners we learn through conscious learning (grammar and/or standardised English) and then through lots of practice and repetition it is then that it becomes procedural learning. Very clearly explained.

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