Monday, November 19, 2012

Sociocultural Aspects of Schooling for ELs

This post addresses a social and/or cultural issue that a high school English learner faces. 

One social issue some high school English learners face is that they tend to separate themselves from other Spanish Speakers who may have lived here and are more "acculturated" to American norms. I have noticed that the English learners in my Spanish Speakers class tend to sit near others to speak Spanish better. This also happens with students whose prominent language is English. English learners may do this because they feel more comfortable speaking with others in Spanish. I feel this is an issue because although it is a Spanish class they have the opportunity to speak with others in English. This can become a social issues because it becomes an obstacle for making new friends. 

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