As summer comes to an end, I thought it would be nice to hear an English learners' perspective on what it is like to be a new student in high school. In today's episode, I interview a former student of mine, Maja Pastuszka, about her experience coming to the United States from Poland and what it was like for her to be a new student and English learner simultaneously.
She explains some of the challenges she had to overcome while learning English, the things her teachers did to support her, and some things teachers did that were not so supportive. Maja also gives us insight on some of the cultural differences between attending high school in Poland and in the United States from her English learner's perspective. She explains several aspects of the new culture that she had to adjust to and how even minor cultural differences can be difficult to navigate.
What you will hear from an English Learner’s Perspective
What it feels like to be an English Learner and a new high school student in the United States
Cultural differences that English Learners have to navigate
Some challenges of feeling confident speaking from the perspective of an English Learner
Things teachers did that were supportive and not so supportive
As mentioned in the episode, I am linking some useful resources!
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