Brittaney Doyle's

Language Autobiography

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Early Life

On July 6, 1984 Bobby Doyle and Chanthania Roberson gave birth to a precious baby girl


at Texas Women's Hospital in Houston, Texas. Brittaney Doyle is the third child of a total


of seven within her blended family. Brittaney's parents both are from Baytown,


Texas.

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My family background

Brittaney's mother, Chanthania Roberson, attended Lee College where she obtained her


Associates degree in Accounting and her Father Bobby Doyle has an Associates degree in


mechanical engineering. Unfortunately things between her two parents didn't work out


and her mother married Ell Roberson Jr., but her Father is unmarried presently. Within


her blended family she has a thirty-four year-old brother named Ell Roberson III


(Houston, TX), a thirty-three year-old sister named Ersheika Doucet (Baytown, TX), a


twenty-seven year-old brother named Charles Godfrey (Charlotte, NC), a twenty-six year


old sister named Shante' Doyle (Los Angeles, CA), a twenty-five year-old sister named


Oceanell Godfrey (Baytown, TX), and a twenty-five year-old brother Quaid Landheart


(Baytown, TX). She lives with her mom, stepdad, and her one year old daughter Bailee


Dowdye. She lives in Baytown, Texas were she was raised her entire life and she still


resides today. Brittaney attended elementary, Jr. high, and high school in Baytown, TX.


She attended Ross S. Sterling and Robert E. Lee High School where she graduated within


the top twenty percent of her 2002 graduating class. She obtained her Associates Degree


in Education at Lee College in Baytown, TX and is currently working towards her


Bachelors degree in Education at the University of Houston Clear Lake.

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Family Influence

Brittaney shared the above photo of her Granny, Annetta Grevenberg, because within


her family she made the biggest influence in her life pertaining to language. Growing up


Brittaney always loved to read, but when she would read she always wanted to


pronounce words correctly, comprehend what she would read, and know the definition


of new words in the text. So when she would go ask her Granny how to pronounce a


word or what the definition of a word was she would always tell Brittaney "Go get the


dictionary". Brittaney feels as if that was a very good quality that her Granny instilled in


her at a young age. Still to this day Brittaney keeps the dictionary app installed on her


phone for this very reason. Her Mother also had a major influence in her life pertaining


to language. Brittaney can recall vividly being read a bedtime story and the nights she


and her Mother didn't read they would sing a song. Brittaney's Mother was firm on


Brittaney when it came to reading because she always wanted to improve her reading


skills. Brittaney was an early talker, a great speller, and an even better reader. These are


things her Mother saw in her at an early age and that is the reason why she was so firm


on Brittaney. She always wanted her to do better.

Language

Brittaney is a native English speaker. She can fluently understand, read, and write in


English. It is said that English is one of the hardest languages to learn, but Brittaney feels it


isn't of course because that is the only language she has acquired her entire life. Brittaney


studied Spanish for two years in high school and she says that because she didn't use it


she lost it. She still can understand and say very little in Spanish.

Places of Travel

Brittaney has traveled to Mexico and while she was there she was able to communicate


enough to know what time the shuttle left the hotel and what food was being served for


breakfast. She can remember going into the convenience store to buy a soda and the'


sign read 13 pesos. She immediately thought, "Oh my I can't afford to live in Mexico". As


she was leaving out of the store she was asked did she need any help and she said "Why


is a soda 13 dollars"? The store clerk chuckled and said "No, no! That's one US dollar".


She explained how she had to laugh at herself because she didn't realize how dumb


she had made herself look. She will be traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico soon so I'm sure


she'll have more stories to tell.

Positive Experince

Britaney's greatest memory about reading in school was Accelerated Reader. She enjoyed


AR so much because it gave her the opportunity to read which is something she likes to


do and be competitive at the same time. She also enjoyed AR because she had a choice


to read whatever she liked reading. It wasn't a book picked by her teacher. She can


remember one semester she was so determined to beat the other grade level classes she


had so many books logged on her AR Reading log her teacher didn't believe it was true.


Brittaney feels like AR was a good reading program to encourage students to read and


she knows that AR is one of the reasons why her reading skills are so great.

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MEET STACEY VALENCIA

Brittaney Doyle interviewed Stacey Valencia, who has born in Dallas, Texas. Both of


Stacey's parents were born in Mexico. Stacey is bilingual, she started learning English at


the age of 13. Stacey developed additive bilingualism, which means Stacey learned a


second language in addition the first. Growing up neither one of her parents knew


English, her parents know English now. Her father still struggles with English, he can read


English good but has a hard time writing in English.

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BRITTANEY VS. STACEY'S FAMILY INFLUENCE

Unlike Brittaney, Stacey didn't have any family influence In learning English from her


parents but she did have older cousins who did help. Stacey received English language


support from school, peers, and imitating her teacher, peers, and classmates. Stacey


isn't a reader but she is a talker, especially if it's a topic she's comfortable with. According


to Krashen, language acquisition, in informal terms, is picking up a language-learning it


unconsciously from the social environment. Language learning, on the other hand, is


learning a language or learning about a language in a formal sense, for example in a


classroom setting (Lessow-Hurley, 2013, p. 67). Based on Stacey's response on how she


acquired English refers back to both of the ways Krashen proposed a child learns a new


language.

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WHAT LANGUAGE(S) DO YOU KNOW?

As mentioned earlier in the article Stacey is bilingual, Stacey can fluently understand, read,


write, and speak English and Spanish. Stacey felt that English was not hard to learn


because she started to acquire the English language at a young age. Stacey studied French


in high school for a year, she still remembers the basics of the French language, so she


can understand some things when people are conversing.

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STACEY'S POSITIVE & NEGATIVE ENGLISH EXPERIENCE

While interviewing Stacey, she did express that she experienced some positive things


while acquiring English. She mentioned that she had teachers who really worked with


her until she was in the fourth grade. They were very caring, patient, and had the desire


to help her understand what was being taught. But as we all know we have to accept the


good with the bad, Stacey explained that while in school she can vividly remember one


negative experience that affected her affective filter. The school she attended constantly


switched her from bilingual to regular classrooms on several different occasions. As we


reflected back on the Second Language Acquisition reading guide it states that "the more


comprehensible input an ELL receives in low-stress situations, the more efficient ELLs


are in developing L2". It also states that "emotions can be a barrier to language


acquisition", so as teachers we should strive to keep students' stress levels as low as


possible. It's understood why Stacey felt her affected filter had been affected. But in


spite of her feeling that way she didn't allow that to detour her from learning English or


making good grades.

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IN CONCLUSION

To acquire a new language is a challenging task. So as a future ESL teacher please


remember to remain patient with your ELL students, be encouraging to them speak slowly


so that your ELLs can comprehend, and that repetition is good. Keep in mind that


it take a child 3-4 years to acquire BICS and it can take 5-7 years to acquire CALP, and that


ELLs are learning social language but ALL students are learning academic language.