For this assignment, I chose to interview Fabian Soriano. Fabian is a 22 year old student currently in the intermediate English class. He is from Monglaralto, Ecuador and works at a small bar that he owns in Monglaralto. He needs to speak English because at times American and British customers, who don’t speak Spanish, come to the bar. However, his main motivation to learn English is his dream of going to the United States. He hopes that next year he can join his brother’s family in Dallas, Texas.
Previously, he studied English while in high school. He enjoyed it because of his great desire to learn English, but as he says, “My teacher, he only was so-so, not so good”. He commented that mostly the teacher talked and wrote on the chalkboard but didn’t allow many opportunities for speaking practice. Also, Fabian has studied here at Kamala for two sessions; he feels that he is learning much more here than he did in high school. He says he is learning more here at Kamala because he actually gets to practice speaking English, and his teachers are native English speakers.
Fabian’s ability to understand spoken English for gist is generally good. During the interview, he understood most of the questions and responded correctly. However, his ability to respond to my questions with grammatically correct answers was quite low. He would manage to convey his intended meaning, but it was filled with grammatical and pronunciation errors.
While learning English, he enjoys listening exercises, conversational activities, learning how to pronounce words correctly, and playing learning games. In fact, he says that there are no English learning activities he doesn’t like. His interests include surfing, cooking, and jogging on the beach.
When I corrected his grammar or pronunciation, he appreciated it and would immediately recast the correction in his conversation. Yet, it didn’t appear that the correction was well recorded because a few sentences later...