Focus on the learner assignment:
Students background and Motivation
The subject I chose for my assignment is an Italian male from Rome called Dominco. He is a very determined individual who has clear aims in life and wishes to pursue them. He wants to study English to pass a security guard course which he wishes to take this year in London. With the security license that he aims for, he wishes to find a job in Los Angeles, working for VIP clients such as movies stars. He is very interested in the ‘idea’ of Los Angeles, linked perhaps to the American Dream. He has Egyptian friends in Italy and recognises similarities between the two cultures. The similarities he identified were, the family values and food. He expects to be able to use his English effectively enough to pass his security guard course.
He sometimes picks up on the mistakes of the teacher and turns them into a joke discreetly with his partner. The funny thing about it is, he jokes with them in English. He works well in pairs and mingles well. He is one of the stronger students in terms of understanding the concepts but he still struggles to use the English he knows. With practice I think he will be able to succeed.
Because he is quite determined to improve his English a great deal, he will sometimes interrupt the lesson in order to clarify something he has not understood. He does so in a polite manner, but it does sometimes disrupt the flow of the lesson when he doesn’t understand the explanation offered by my colleagues teaching him. Usually he doesn’t disrupt me as we have gotten to know each other better and perhaps he offers me more respect in this regard by only asking me questions during the pair work. He will sometimes address the teacher as if they are wrong and when he wishes to clarify an issue, he will ask “It’s ok?” and then when the issues is addressed he will reply “yes, yes” with an attitude that appears to minimise the severity of the error or situation,...