English Language Learners

Communication - Task Completion - Decision making

Communication tips

Good communication includes more than just words.

Non-verbal indicators such as facial expressions, hand gestures, and distance between people during communication is important (Sekharan, 2009). For example, if an English speaker is speaking to an English learner and is not sitting close enough for the learner to hear, there may be a breakdown in the communication.

It is also best to use proper grammar when communicating with English learners as using slang terms may confuse them.

Task Completion

People from differing cultures may use different approaches to complete tasks.

As a teacher, it is important to give clear, concise and simple instructions for assignments. When teaching ELL's, make sure to include a due date or give a specific completion date for assignments. If the teacher wants specific steps followed in a specific order, the instructions need to be very clear. Otherwise, give the objective or the assignment and when it is due. If the requirements and deadline are met, the means used to complete the task are not as important.

Decision Making

Every culture has differing views on who can make what decisions. Some cultures do not allow for children to ask questions. Communicating what decisions are acceptable in a class room is helpful to English Learning students. For example, if the children are asked to draw a picture of a house, the teacher could tell the children that they are allowed to use any color of paper and they can choose; crayon, pencil, pen, or marker.

The following chart can be referenced for Achieving cultural decision making skills (Mukunnan, 2014)

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Mukunnan, C. (2014) The Need for Cultural Lens in Decision Making. The ALPS Academy of Life and People skills. Retrieved from: http://thealps.co.in/the-need-for-cultural-lens-in-decision-making/

Sekharan, R. (2009, September 26). Six fundamental patterns of cultural differences. Retrieved on from http://kissmetouchmeholdme.blogspot.com/2009/09/six-fundamental-patterns-of-cultural.html