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Posted on October 18, 2014 2:28 am
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JepyBe
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Student Refuses to Speak English
Mrs. Richards has a student who has an intermediate level of English proficiency. Despite that fact, the student refuses to do any work and refuses to speak English to her or his classmates. She knows that he can do better, but he seems to be using his ESL status as a crutch.
How should she motivate this student to speak English and do his language arts work?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted March 12, 2015 7:03 pm

buZage
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Sometimes students feel as though they are letting go of their culture if they cease speaking their native language. Mrs. Richards might try working out a deal with the student to where if he completes his assignments in English, she will let him teach her his native language. By showing the student that she has no negative feelings toward his native language, maybe he will begin to learn that she simply needs his work in English in order to assess it.
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ePuzej
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I agree. They could be afraid of letting go of their culture. This is the best solution.
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 2:56 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2015 3:41 am

vaguPe
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The teacher should evaluate his behaviors, see what is preventing him from interacting, and participating in class assignments. Usually the way a student perceives themselves in class reflects what's happening outside of class.
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Solution 3
Posted February 25, 2018 7:52 am

geSuNy
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Tangible rewards are sometimes the only resource that will get a response from students. Having a personal reward for completed assignments might motivate the student to complete his tasks. I saw a teacher using tootsie rolls " your on a roll" as a positive reinforcement.
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ePuzej
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I do not think this is the best solution. The student could just be afraid of losing part of his culture by speaking a language other than their native tongue. I think it is best to have a discussion with the student
  Posted on: February 19, 2019 2:57 pm

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Solution 4
Posted February 21, 2019 3:34 pm

aGyveh
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He could be in a situation where his native language is mostly spoken at home, so that's what he feels most comfortable with. She should include things from the students native country of origin for him to feel included.
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Solution 5
Posted February 26, 2015 9:17 pm

BuMynu
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Mrs. Richards could possibly talk to the student's parents to see if this is an issue at home, or ask the student to read the question in English, then translate it to their language, so both the teacher and student get what they want.
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