The conversation that one just described is a perfect example of BICS. The two ESOL students were speaking in English. Although there were many grammatical errors, they were able to understand each other. There were minimal pronunciation errors. They were quite familiar with the English vocabulary and they were able to express their thoughts well using the English language. Mark and Leo have already developed their basic interpersonal communication skills though one still notices a slight struggle in finding the right words.
The next incident one observed was the English class where Mark and Leo were both enrolled. The topic for the day was a movie review of “The Hunger Games”. The teacher asked the students their reaction about the movie.
Teacher: “Mark, what you mean is “violent”. Violet is a color. You should say, “I did not like the movie because I think that there is so much violence portrayed in the movie.” “Would you like to repeat that Mark?”
Teacher: “Leo, do you mean you liked the movie because it was suspenseful?” Leo nods. “Oh, you should have said, “I liked the movie because I find it suspenseful.” Would you like to repeat that Leo?” Leo smiled and repeated Ms. Holly’s statement.
Having observed the English class where Mark and Leo were enrolled, one can say that there so much room for improvement for the two students’ CALP. They still have difficulty with the use of the language skills academically. One can conclude that even if Mark and Leo can already speak the English language for social purposes, they need more support in terms of the use of the language academically. The choice of words and correct grammatical expressions must be further ...Show more