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Why Is The Vocabulary They Teach In Public High School So Easy

Why does it seem like vocabulary isn’t taught in school as much as it used to be?

I work in EFL in Japan. A few years ago, students started learning English in grades 5 and 6. Here, they mostly learned lists of nouns through repetition. When they got to grade 7 and started studying English explicitly, the students couldn’t actually say anything because they never learned any usable language. Now, the students focus more on phrase repetition and construction and less on lists of words. We also teach more verbs, adverbs, and adjectives. What I’m seeing is that these students are more capable of speaking simple sentences, despite having to pick up words on their own.In ESL and EFL, this is why schools don’t teach vocab as much; it’s not effective. In 1L (native) English classes, the reason might be similar. While I can tell you basically every word my students know, I can’t tell you if every child in a 1L class knows the same words. You might spend days teaching words that some children already know, resulting in them being bored. Or you can focus on whole language uses and have the children build up their vocabulary at home.Of course, when a child gets to school, they have a native language, and just need to build more words. Thus, I don’t know how much vocabulary is even taught in the first place outside of mat or science classes. I for one do not remember learning vocabulary in school. I remember spelling tests, but I remember school being more about learning other material than the language I already spoke.

Why are public school students so stupid and idiotic?

I went to a private school so please excuse any intense wording that may be hard for you to understand with your so very limited vocabulary.

As I am asking, when will the idiotic public school students and staff realize they are a lost cause and are no better than the monkeys running around in the zoo? Pathetic. I am almost considering moving to Europe.

Why do all private schools teach Latin?

Huge overgeneralization here.I have attended three private schools. The first was an elementary school in Illinois. No Latin taught there. The second was a middle school in New Orleans. No Latin taught there, either. The third is the high school I’m attending now in Iowa. Still, no Latin taught here.Only one of my teachers throughout my grade school and high school career knows Latin fluently. She is my composition teacher right now.I feel it’s a shame I never was taught Latin. Having more than one language in my arsenal would increase my versatility. Even though Latin is considered a dead language, many current words throughout various languages originate from a Latin root. Hence, expanding my English vocabulary or picking up a new foreign language may have been easier than it is now had I been taught Latin.Hope this helps!

Why is swearing not allowed in high schools?

Swearing SHOULD be allowed in High Schools, but there’s an important reason why it’s not.First, we need to ask ourselves an important question. What is the ultimate benefit we SHOULD try to gain from our education? Let me humor you with a story.In 8th grade, I had an amazing technology teacher named Mr. Smith (not using real name for obvious reasons). He was and still is the most interesting man I have ever known. A Marine for 8 years, a teacher for 8 more, and one who had been on many adventures in his life that imparted on him lessons of life that many people never have the pleasure of learning.As a student, I used to curse a lot in his class. Not abusively of course, but just as a part of my daily vocabulary. As a disciplined former Marine, Mr. Smith had a harsh punishment for my carelessness of language. Every swear word he heard, would mean 50 push ups for the unfortunate student who ejected it.But every week, at the end of class on Fridays, he would have what he called “character talks,” and one of such talks was on this issue of swearing. He said something that I still keep with me today.“When you leave this school, I don’t care what formulas you learned, or which books you read, or what grades you got. I want you to leave this school with the skills to live with character and communicate your thoughts like an adult. If you can’t learn that, then I don’t care what benefit you’ve gotten”Cursing is an important part of our language, but learning how to communicate EFFECTIVELY is the most important skill to have. Censoring a student’s language doesn’t teach them how to communicate effectively, it just limits their expression in all situations to the mediocrity of formal language. Speak casually in casual situations, and be respectful in respected presence. LEARN how to express yourself fully, and learn when it’s appropriate to.

What do you learn in Spanish 1 of high school?

Most schools have the same lesson plans for Spanish 1 (at least in my area) so I’ll talk about what I learned last year in class…Spanish 1 is a class for learning basic skills in the language. Each unit usually tests on writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills that are learned in the unit. Our class used the book Realidades 1 and learned basically all the vocabulary for each unit.Here’s a basic outline of each unit:Intro Unit: You focused on numbers, telling time, dates, weather, greetings, and important verbs like tener, hacer, etc. At the beginning of the unit, we did focus a lot on using ser vs. estar. This was definitely helpful because it can get confusing to choose which one to use.Unit 1: You learned about sharing information about ourselves. This included our likes and dislikes, favorite activities, classes, colors, etc., and basic adjectives. This was where you started to use the verb ser more in class.Unit 2: You learned about vocabulary for school and classes. This could be your school schedule, favorite subjects, what you do on a typical day, and learning about objects around the classroom. You also learned about location, so we started using the verb estar much more in this unit.Unit 3: This unit was more focused on foods and your typical eating habits. You learned about favorite/least favorite foods and beverages, healthy food options, and exercising.Unit 4: You learned mostly about typical activities that you do outside of school in places around your community. This could include leisure activities like going to the movies or extracurriculars like sports or clubs.Unit 5: This unit was about describing our families with information like hair color, height, eye color, etc. Along with that, you learned about family celebrations like birthdays. You had to say stuff like how old you are, when your birthday is, your favorite birthday activities, and much more.Unit 6: You learned vocabulary words relating to our room and our house. You had to describe your room and objects in your room, parts of a house, and chores. You learned about making comparisons between two objects.Unit 7: This unit is usually cut short since it happens at the end of the year, but most of the time you review these vocabulary words in Spanish 2. You learn mostly about how to sat clothes like shirt or socks, and we also learned how to talk about going shopping.I hope you enjoy Spanish 1 as much as I did!

How does someone increase their vocabulary and communication skills if one never attended high school due to poverty?

The only thing one can do is "read".Start reading simple stuff at the beginning. Raise your level of reading by the day. Dedication and patience will help a lot to read. Pick a topic of your interest, google for books under that topic, buy one that is rated high and start reading. Initially, you develop interest towards the topic and later when you jump deep into the vocabulary, it gets even more interesting. But before you start this, a heads up - buy a dictionary, a simple pocket dictionary will do. Whenever you encounter words that are complex and tough to understand, look up for those in the dictionary. Do not just read the meaning and forget about it. Try to form a sentence with that newly learnt word or try to use the same in any conversation(if the usage is applicable)To master the language, you would need one thing, 'PATIENCE".Very important! That feeling of conquering a good book, just cannot be put into words. After you are done with reading one book, discuss about the book with your friends. Put across your opinions about it. P.S: There is nothing more peaceful than a good book in your hands and ample time to completely read it!

What's wrong with the ways American schools teach a foreign language?

Man, I’ve got a huge list of complaints lined up for this one.Can we just stop and consider for a few minutes how ridiculously long these courses are? Assuming you’re not a native speaker, and you intend on starting your language in high school, and you go to a normal four-year public high school in America, here’s how many years it would take you before you can take the AP (college level) course, which is generally what’s considered “fluent” and “equivalent to a native speaker” in language proficiency:For example, let’s look at at one language in particular…French!French I, French II, French III, French IV, French V, AP French (note how this is one more year than the number of high school school years there are).All those elementary school “bilingual” programs are (1) rare, (2) typically taught by volunteer teachers who happen to speak a second language, (3) poor, and (4) generally half-assed. Put that together and you have a big, gigantic waste of time.Not all schools offer middle school/junior high language courses, which is detrimental because kids pretty much stop having the language-learning advantage over adults around adolescence.We suck compared to all the other foreign Asian countries who offer English class and make it mandatory starting around the upper elementary school grades.We focus too much on making the class “fun” and don’t force the students to cram vocabulary words as much as other countries do. (Does anyone else remember the cooking projects and fun little songs that were actually pretty useless?)

High school versus Elementary?

It is the same problem I encountered when I took up the education course. What I suggest is for you to have a checklist on the following questions:
1. Do you think you can really have patience with children? Liking them is different from teaching them. You can like kids but kids will NOT always like you.
2. Can you manage them? remember you are not only going to handle one student, they may be fifty to hundreds whom you must pay attention, can you do it?
3. Are you prepared to have a kid talk? You cannot discuss to them like the way to discuss an adult.
4. Are you aiming for a professional growth after your graduation? Usually, teaching elementary is not challenging. You cannot always give them taught provoking questions because they find it boring.

By asking those questions with a yes, then be an elementary teacher but if not, be a secondary teacher. One advantage of being a secondary teacher is you can always teach in elementary schools if you like while if you are an elementary teacher you cannot teach in high school.
I became a secondary teacher and I am not regretting my decision because I am having fun with my students and that's what really matters right?

Why do schools offer spanish class to spanish speakers?

It's been my experience that Native Spanish speakers in my classes typically only speak the language, not read or write it. If they can write it, it is full of spelling and grammar mistakes (just like a native English speaker's is in and English class). So taking the class helps with their formal speaking and writing skills.
In standard high school Spanish classes we teach sort of a universal Spanish so that one can be easily understood anywhere in the world where Spanish is spoken. Just like British and American English can differ, Castilian and Latin American Spanish have different words, accents, and slang. When a native speaker takes a Spanish class they can learn more vocabulary and perhaps understand others better. Of course they might not use the new vocabulary when speaking to their family or friends, they are at least more aware of how others use the language.
Another component of a Spanish class is culture. While a native speaker might be familiar with their country's history and customs, they can learn about other Spanish speaking countries and their festivals, artists, heros, crafts, music, etc.
Like others have said, it helps with their English. I have heard several Latinos comment that because they speak both languages, they speak neither one well. Taking a Spanish class can help with both languages.
If the bilingual student has grown up in a typical public school system in the States, a high school class is their first exposure to Spanish grammar. So things they would have covered or should have known since age 5, aren't introduced until much later. But they have probably had English grammar since 1st grade.
Some take it simply to fullfill college entrance requirements or get an "easy A".

I hope this helps and offers some insight.