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RachelMHansen



Joined: 08 May 2012
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Location: Camden, NJ

PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:24 pm    Post subject: Assessments & Culture Reply with quote

I understand the importance of reinforcing the importance of a student’s native culture and viewing it as an asset, as opposed to an obstacle. However, standardized tests in the States are geared towards native English speakers and furthermore geared towards students with a complete understanding of American culture. As a new ESL teacher, here are my questions: How can we enforce “cultural connotations and nuances of English” while preserving a student’s culture. Additionally, how can I account for aspects of culture that are a “given,” yet not necessarily part of a curriculum, so not relevant to teach? Also, on a side note- would it be advantageous for me to learn Spanish? (I am in a school with a Spanish/English bilingual program, but I only speak French and English).
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bozzy



Joined: 03 May 2012
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Location: NJ

PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 6:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for asking this. I was just thinking about phrases that we use in English that are a "given" (For example, anyone from my area knows what "youse" means). I guess we just have they are explained these nuances.
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