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Fernando Navarro

ENG 4110

11 November 2017

Language Variation

One never goes around thinking that language is complicated. Language is born with

humans, and it is interesting to note that language has variations just the same as human beings.

Humanity changes not only physically, but also metaphysically. One can see it by learning how

language evolves, transforms, and varies.

Variation of language needs to be taken more into classroom because the similarities that

you can find among languages. I can think of Spanish speakers trying to learn English with all

the words that they already know, because of the importance of English in technology, media

and the borrowed words from it. Also, I can think of the Latin and Greek roots in both languages.

If a Spanish speaker makes connections with all this similarities, then he will able to increase his

vocabulary right away. In addition, I can find that English and Spanish share some Syntax

similarities. This could be, also another way to work with the English Language Learner. Of

course this approach would fit better with some of the romantic languages, perhaps it would not

be very helpful for an Arabic speaker.

If the L1 speaker’s native language has no relation at all with the L2, then I do not see

any helpful resource from language variation. The aim should have to be different for this type of

learners. So, I think the ESL classroom should be very intentional to make the differentiation of

the students’ native languages. It might be more work for the teacher, but one of the good

qualities of a teacher it is the skill of differentiation of learnings styles, students’ skills, and the

levels of knowledge in her classroom.


I haven’t seen any ESL classroom like that, it might be interesting if there are some

teachers around working in this way, or at least taking advantage of the similarities of language

between Spanish and English if the ELLs are Spanish speakers.