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Lack of confidence in language (new educator from other culture background)

Postby greensleeve » Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:23 pm

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


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Re: Lack of confidence in language (new educator from other culture background)

Postby Lorina » Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:47 pm

Being a native speaker is not a barrier! Having someone like you from another culture is a great benefit for the centre and you can incorporate your first language with the children as well such as teaching them songs, counting, greetings etc. As for you describing activities/toys etc. these words will come with practice. Read up on samples of documentation, read the EYLF, to gain an awareness of the language used and you can begin to incorporate it when talking to the educators. It's fine... you'll get used to it!

I can give you more information if you would like in what words to use etc.

Let me know!

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Re: Lack of confidence in language (new educator from other culture background)

Postby greensleeve » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:48 am

Thank you Lorina, it will be so great!



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