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Impact of Cultural and Linguistic Background on Teaching English: Exploring Factors Shaping Pedagogy

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Question: 6.2 As a teacher of English or an aspiring teacher of English, how do you think your cultural and linguistic background may influence or shape your teaching of English in your class? Briefly explain two factors that may shape or influence your teaching of English. (4 marks)

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1. Cultural Background: Culture greatly impacts the way we perceive the world around us. As an English teacher, your cultural background can significantly shape your teaching style. Automatically, you might integrate parts of your culture into your teaching such as using examples from your culture to illustrate certain English phrases, idioms or contexts. This can make your English classes rich and dynamic, providing students a broader perspective about different cultures. However, it's important to consider the cultural sensitivity of your students and aim for an inclusive learning environment where everyone's culture is respected and represented. 2. Linguistic Background: Your native language will likely have an unconscious influence on the way you teach English. If your first language isn't English, you may have experienced the challenges of learning it as a second language. These experiences can make you more understanding and empathetic towards your students' struggles. Furthermore, this can affect the strategies you use to teach, for example, you might focus more on the areas that are particularly challenging for learners whose first language is similar to yours. On the other hand, if English is your native language, it can sometimes be challenging to understand the difficulties learners face, however, your strong command can help students to get precise and in-depth knowledge about the language. Remember, the goal is to leverage your unique cultural and linguistic background to enhance your English teaching, while maintaining an equitable and diverse classroom environment.

Answered by gpt-4

March 13, 2024, 2:33 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2024

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