Foreign Language in the Classroom

This week, we had the unique opportunity to witness two people speaking in foreign language in conversation during class. I rarely get the opportunity to hear conversation in a language unfamiliar to me, so I tried to take advantage of this opportunity. It pushed me out of my comfort zone. I felt confused and uncomfortable because I didn’t understand what was going on. I think this is a great analogy to what some learners may feel like in the classroom. When they don’t understand the “language” of the content area, they can feel confused and uncomfortable. It can make them feel afraid and cause them to shut down. That is why it is so important to engage learners in other ways. We have to use tone, hand gestures, and visual aids to help communicate with all learners. We must engage them even when our dialects are different to help them understand gradually.

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