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The Accommodation Theory of Second Language Acquisition, Interview with a student from Mexico.
It is mission critical that teachers of students in today’s classrooms understand and embrace every student in their classroom. Active parents are key contributors to the success of students. Knowledge is power and the more information and knowledge the teacher has at their disposal about the students in their classrooms the better they can ensure that the students are able to access the lessons, and the curriculum. The background and educational history is important to give the teacher a basis for helping the student achieve. Wright, (2010) From my perspective our job as educators is to take the student from where ever they are and move them forward. Knowledge about the students’ past both socially and educationally will help the teacher to ensure access and academic success.

In today’s educational landscape the English as a Second Language (ESL) learners and Standard English Learners (SEL) enter school with a variety of backgrounds and needs.
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The Accommodation Theory of Second Language Acquisition, Interview with a student from Mexico.
It is mission critical that teachers of students in today’s classrooms understand and embrace every student in their classroom. Active parents are key contributors to the success of students. Knowledge is power and the more information and knowledge the teacher has at their disposal about the students in their classrooms the better they can ensure that the students are able to access the lessons, and the curriculum. The background and educational history is important to give the teacher a basis for helping the student achieve. Wright, (2010) From my perspective our job as educators is to take the student from where ever they are and move them forward. Knowledge about the students’ past both socially and educationally will help the teacher to ensure access and academic success.

In today’s educational landscape the English as a Second Language (ESL) learners and Standard English Learners (SEL) enter school with a variety of backgrounds and needs.

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The Accommodation Theory of Second Language Acquisition: Interview with a student from Mexico

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Submitted: March 25, 2017

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The Accommodation Theory of Second language Acquisition applies to the student I interviewed Rogelio who is a twenty-one-year-old male from Mexico.  Rogelio is here in the United States studying English as a Second language for six months. He is a sophomore in college studying Philosophy at a University in Mexico.  He was first exposed to learning English at the age of ten years old and feels that he needs to learn English to be successful in his chosen field of study.  As a student, he needs to be able to read and write proficiently while in college. It is also important professionally once he enters the workforce in the field of Philosophy.  Rogelio is determined to improve all elements of his English Language development and decided to come here to America to be totally inversed in the language.  He determined that he needed both social skill development and interaction and academic language skill development.  During our conversation, he indicated that he always translates into Spanish and then back into English when working.  He also continues to dream in Spanish.  He has been here for less than a month and has progressed at a rapid pace and has moved from Intermediate Level ESL to the Advanced ESL level. The average student takes nine weeks or more to progress to the next level and he has accomplished that in one-half the time.

The Accommodation Theory of Second language Acquisition takes into account the social distance and psychological distances between the learner and the target culture/language group.  “Social and psychological distance influence second language acquisition by determining the amount of contact with the target language that the learner experiences, and also the degree to which the learner is open to that input which is available.(Piper, 2007 Chap5, p 160 (Ellis, 1985, p252) Rogelio had decided to close the distance by coming here to America to immerse himself into the culture and the language.  In his country all of the elite are bilingual in Spanish and English and learning English is important for professional level people as well. “ Giles believes the important factor is the perception of social distance. Specifically, Giles claims that what is important is how the learner’s social group defines itself in relationship to the target language community.(Ellis, 1985, p256). Giles Claims that language proficiency is governed by a number of key variables. “ (Piper, 2007 Chap5, p160).

When we apply Giles theory to Rogelio it is evident that he is keenly aware of the social distance between those who have achieved proficiency in English as A Second Language and those that have not.  It is also apparent from the interview and discussions with Rogelio that psychologically it is important to him to achieve proficiency in English.

 

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