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Personal Pedagogy Statement: Being a Witness, Teaching English
Cherise Mayes
Azusa Pacific University
November 4, 2013

Language and Second Language Acquisition Language is not fixed or limited to words and a series of rules that connect them together. Language is a rich form of communication and social practice involving interpretation and meaning making. Language is our system of communication before anything else; it bridges knowledge, beliefs, opinions, and emotions from one being to the next while creating a bond between them. To learn a language is to understand the relationship between language and culture. How people learn a second language varies systematically and involves the development of listening, speaking, writing, and reading skill sets in the target language. Penny Ur (2012) gives some theories and main ideas on how one acquires second or foreign languages. Intuitive acquisition, habit-formation, cognitive process, and skill learning are defined and probably some of these theories have truth in them. (p. 7) But not one of these alone can underline the complexity of the process of learning a second language. Concrete learning drills in writing and reading literature, acknowledges grammar, uses translation methods, and creating a learner-centered environment where naturalistic communication is utilized.
Students and the Teacher: Playing their Parts The student role is being an active learner within all four skill sets, writing, speaking, listening, and reading. They are to participate and attempt to be effortful in all activities and lessons and encourage one another through the processes of language learning as seen in the Grammar-translation and Content-Based methods. (See Appendix A & D) It is essential for the student to be adaptable along with the teacher in the learning process so the benefits can be reciprocated on both ends…...

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