I’m trying to get my ESL students to speak English outside of the classroom. This is a constant battle for most second language students. They learn about the rules of speaking and even practice in class but once they’re out of the classroom they don’t speak it. I can’t say as I blame them but I’m trying to get across to them that you only learn something by practicing it. They all go home to families that don’t speak English and they stick to their communities where their first language is spoken.
I’ve challenged my students this week to step out of their comfort zone and push themselves to speak English more. I’ve asked them to go to the grocery store and ask where something is; even though they may already know where it is. I’ve suggested watching a tv show for 1/2 hour to hear English being spoken. I mentioned that going to the library might be a good way to speak to English speakers.
Can i ask you a favour? If someone comes up to you and starts talking to you and you can tell his first language isn’t English can you please show some patience and help him through this encounter? Please remember that these people are smart, they are brave and they came to this country expecting wonderful things………. let’s give that to them as much as we can, kay?