Language Barrier
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Before we start, think about this scenario

Think about the last time you faced communication problems in the classroom. How did you react? Look at the examples below and choose the one that is closest to your experience.

  1. I ended the conversation quickly and did not follow up on the matter.
  2. I asked someone else to help with interpretation or I used an online translator.
  3. I used visual aids (drawings, pictures) to help clarify the meaning.
  4. I was unable to continue the conversation at the time but I followed up with the student later.
  5. Something else?

Feedback: All of these examples illustrate realistic reactions. You will see that each reaction will have specific consequences. Look at the examples again. Which ones help facilitate communication? Which ones strengthen barriers?

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