Does anyone have experience of teaching English to native speakers
(what was called “Literacy”), especially Entry 1 or Entry 2? I’ve been
teaching three “English” classes since September, two of which are
mixed E1/2. In each class I have a combination of native speakers, some
of whom have dyslexia, traditional ESOL learners, 2nd language speakers
who have lived in the UK a very long time and are effectively native
speakers, and learners who were born and went to school here, but whose
parents have a different 1st language.
The learning aims of the classes are the C&G progression awards. I’ve
found that within each of the skills, the native and 2nd language
speakers have different strengths and weaknesses, and I’m having
difficulty managing the native speakers’ needs. I’ve done quite a lot
of research into dyslexia, and I’ve found that language experience
works well, although it’s quite hard to fit into the sessions. I’m also
trying to adapt strategies I use with ESOL learners, and in some ways,
the mix of learners works, and they learn from each other.
I am enjoying teaching the classes, but I don’t feel I have enough
background knowledge to teach the native speakers as well as I could
do. If anyone has any suggestions, comments, ideas for resources,
reading or training I could do to enhance my knowledge, I would be very
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