S E L
What is SEL for short? It could short for a lot of stuff which you can image. Read on, please.
Vanessa who is from Taiwan asked me on the comment:’ Because we are situated in the same country, can you give me some suggestion about learning English?’ My answer is:’ It depends?’ It depends on your English level, your ability, and every resource that you can get. And your question reminded me of SEL.
Teacher Nick gave me a newspaper clipping last Saturday, the topic is: How do English learners teach us? It was published on Taipei Times, Friday, May 11, 2007, and it was written by Shih-Fan Kao who is an assistant professor at University. The paragraph began on a piece of news which was: A 14-years-old student who is non-English native speaker passed the highest level of the Cambridge ESOL, it means that her English is as good as a British college student who is an English native speaker. And her two favorite activities are watching English TV programs and movies and reading novels. What do I measure it? James is James, which means I am on my position to learn. If I can read Shakespeare, then I read, if I can’t, I’ll do something else. ……You know what I mean!!
When I say to you:” You know what I mean!!’, it always means that I cannot express my meaning well.
At last, I would like to tell you about SEL. According to the article, SEL is short for Successful English Learners, and a few common things of SEL are (summarily quote from the article):
1) They make their own opportunities by using English outside the classroom:
They try to create an English environment for themselves as much as possible. They try to use the English language every day.
2) They are risk-takers:
They are good guessers. They read by making educated guesses via contextual clues.
They are willing to make a great many mistakes and are not afraid of continuing to do so.
3) They often have intense interaction with native speakers or plentiful practice in writing.
The conclusion of the author is “By referring to the features of SELs, English learners will find their own ways forward and take charge of their learning.
The author call himself “A lifelong English learner”, and I think myself:’ Am I a lifelong English learner?
Hopefully, my friends, we all can enjoy ourselves in learning.
Everybody need to know who you are!
James Zhih-Cheng Wu
Thanks for all your contributions. This blog has now closed and can no longer accept new comments.