Sociocultural Variables that Affect Second Language Acquisition

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Complete the following statement:

'A positive sociocultural environment can _____ a student to make progress in school, including language learning.'

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1. Abeer is an Arab student who often hears people say things like 'Arabs are terrorists', etc. These comments are a form of:

2. Claire is an ELL teacher who favors boys as opposed to girls in her class. This is a case of:

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If you need some help ensuring you're ready to take a test, we've devised a quiz and worksheet to assess your knowledge of the sociocultural variables that affect second language acquisition. Subjects include how a positive sociocultural environment can affect a student's progress in school and a teacher's ideal response when an ELL student wants to offer a presentation on a traditional dish from her country for a learning project.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Our quiz contains questions asking about:

  • How a positive sociocultural environment can influence a student's progress in school
  • What comments like 'Arabs are terrorists' are forms of
  • What it means when an ELL teacher favors boys over girls in her class
  • Why an ELL student unfamiliar with standardized tests might have slow language-learning
  • What a teacher would ideally do for an ELL student who would like to make a presentation about a traditional dish from her country for a learning project

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  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what it means when a teacher favors boys over girls in his/her classroom
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding what comments like 'Arabs are dirty' is an example of and interpret it correctly
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Additional Learning

Whether you understood these questions or need more help answering them, our short lesson titled Sociocultural Variables that Affect Second Language Acquisition offers more information about this subject. After you complete this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Explain why a student with little appreciation of a society and culture may have trouble learning that region's language
  • Define what sociocultural variables are with examples
  • Detail why it's important for ELL students to have regular communication with native speakers
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