Helping the Nonnative English Speakers with Reading
Filipinos are nonnative speakers of English. There are people who speak English from the time they’re able to utter a word. Others use the language only when communicating with foreigners. In our situation, whether we like to learn English or not, we are forced to do so because it is included in the school curriculum. We could not escape from using it because not all the subjects are taught in Filipino. However, there’s a need to help nonnative English speakers in order to facilitate learning and easy communication. As nonnative English speakers, we find difficulty in the first attempt of using it, beginning from the basic sight words. Sometimes it is very confusing. There are grammar rules to be followed. We need to apply certain patterns in the sentence construction. There are also intonation patterns and correct pronunciation guides. With all these, learning English language is very challenging. One may always come up to be an effective speaker. He tries to see the connections of the language, the print and his thought, the relationship with his culture, experience and education. The acquisition of the skill in learning the language is best done in school with the help of the teacher.
In the word recognition, the teacher can build upon the students’ ability to recognize words in context b integrating print into the classroom. As beginners, it takes time to carefully study what is presented. The learners can easily get the meaning when accompanied with illustrations or pictures. Visual aids are used during discussions. As a result, the students grasp immediately what is explained. The teacher may evaluate the learners by means of reading or writing activities. It may be in a form of a test, letter writing, interviews or games which further enrich the learners’ knowledge and abilities.
Constant practice makes one perfect. Students develop competence by using the...
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