Hi, dear all, so glad to find this forum to discuss some of the issues concern me recently.
I am completing my diploma and recently got a job in a LDC near my home, which is so great. However after the first 2 weeks I gradually feel less confident than I first started as I am not a native English speaker. Although I can read and write and communicate on 1 to 1 basis quite well, a lot times I do not know how to describe the toy, the activity or some of the daily usage of language in the working environments.
Also I sometimes do not know how to make small talks with co-workers and parents. These make me feel like being left out of the group ( other staff are ok but we know as everyone are busy so no time to be very supportive).
At the beginning I have thought to study higher to become an ECT but now I feel I am geting a cold feet.
I am wondering, as an educator, do you work with educators with different language background and how do you think they could make up their language barrier and how important is language ability in childcare settings? (Most conversations I am totally fine but I still can be easily detected that I am not native since the way I speak, the words I used are not totally native and this is hard to change)
Thank you guys. So grateful if