ESL Student Interviews: First Language Background

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16 minutes, 32 seconds

Research has clearly established that a student's first language background significantly impacts his/her ability to learn English.  In this video, you'll watch a series of interviews with English language learners who have different first language backgrounds.  These students will offer their perspectives on the differences and similarities between their first language and English.  They will also share which aspects of learning English they enjoy as well as which aspects they find challenging.  These interviews will not only give you insight into these students' experiences with learning English, but will provide you with an opportunity to listen for how each student's first language might be impacting their English language pronunciation, use of vocabulary, use of grammar and discourse patterns.

* Please note: This video does not have an accompanying handout or quiz and cannot be counted towards your tracked PD hours.