Mount Olive Township Schools English as a Second Language Program of Studies

Philosophy

Language is a social phenomenon.  Speakers and listeners draw on their knowledge of social and cultural norms and standards for behavior to interpret and evaluate talk.

Non-English speaking children who learn in one culture, and then must learn in modes of another, experience confusion and dislocation.  Students may be unfamiliar with the school structure, expectations of the teacher, and classroom procedure.  Different values and behaviors they have been taught to follow are suddenly rejected.  Stress, including high anxiety situations and low self-esteem and lack of confidence are all factors affecting second language learners.  Our philosophy in second language acquisition is to lower the filter so that success can be achieved.

A student learning a second language goes through periods of withdrawal, despondency, adaptation, and then integration.  The process for students acquiring a second culture is acculturation; the addition of a second set of rules for behavior may coexist beside the first, replace them or modify them.  It is our philosophy that two cultures can create a balance, enriching our ESL students' lives.

In learning a second language, some children can be quiet for three or four months and not utter a word.  This is called the

"Silent Period" in which the student is building up his/her comprehension through listening before production and natural language will emerge when the student is ready.

Our philosophy of language acquisition is that language occurs not through imitation but through the learner's exposure to situations of natural communication more than formal drill or memorization.  In our ESL program a non-English speaker learns to express himself or herself in oral communication from spontaneous conversation.  Our ESL program is designed to offer special lessons to provide low anxiety and sympathetic learning situations and to encourage the students to participate and contribute in oral communication and socialization.  ESL students are encouraged to learn their new language as they are being prepared to interact successfully in a cross cultural setting.

As ESL teachers our concern is to understand both the medium and content of what we are teaching and never assume there is one best way to teach anything.  We must learn to be sensitive to the differences between what we are teaching and what the student brings to class so that our teaching becomes an aid to the full realization of the student's potential.

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