Teachers have the responsibility to teach their students the foundations of the English language as well as to expand their vocabulary skills in order to enable them to be competent in other areas, such as mathematics, science, and health. What are some of the challenges of this task and how can teachers overcome these challenges.
DIFFERENT LEVELS. Students, no matter how closely grouped they are by age, will always have varying academic skill levels. The fourth-grade students in your class may have as little as two or as many as 10 skill levels. This discrepancy in levels can be addressed in multiple ways.
LACK OF PRACTICE. The children do not speak the language outside the classroom. They tend to fall back on their home language, thereby losing out on the invaluable experience of practice. The only way to address this problem is to ask your students to speak English outside the classroom. After all, the old adage, “practice makes perfect” was coined for a reason. Angela Mapa, an instructor at the Berlitz Language Center, also recognized the fact that although some students know the meaning of words, they do not practice with the help of the teacher. they consequently do not learn how to use these words in context.

By: Mary Ann N. Sacdalan | Teacher I | Abucay North Elementary School | Abucay, Bataan

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