Buddy System

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Buddy System

Post by cunnin49 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 3:11 am

I think the ideal of a buddy system is amazing. It is beneficial to both students. An english student can learn another L2 and the ELL can work on their skills in a comfortable way. If more schools would impliment such a program, I can only imagine the possibilities for students. In the classroom, I can even see ways for these students to work together and aid each other.

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Post by eslwendy » Thu Nov 17, 2011 7:55 pm

I have only recently learned of this approach, and think it is great on so many levels. I think both students can learn from each other, and it can help bridge the cultural gap. I also think it would take away from the possible stigma that EL's feel, and make them feel more accepted.

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Adult Education and the Buddy System

Post by millerd » Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:27 pm

I am new to ESL; however, my interest is in adult education. I have heard of the buddy system's use with children...but not with adults. Can anyone please direct me to some best practices in ESL employing the buddy system with adult education?

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Post by Sally Olsen » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:33 am

It is also one aspect of Co-operative Learning and there is a ton of information on the Net.

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Post by inperez » Tue Dec 13, 2011 3:41 am

I have also just learned of this approach and it sounds great. I think the best way students do learn is from one another and what better way then to have the partners learning from each other. I can see how this can help the students get away from their own and be open and understanding where each other may come from. I agree, schools should look into having this program in their schools.

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