What are the benefits of learning French?
This is one of the questions that I am asked the most as a French teacher. And as an American living in the southern United States, I can understand that French can seem to be a language that is useless, especially with the amount of people here who have come from popular Spanish speaking countries. French is the second most taught langauge in the world. It is also the 2nd native language of our canadian neighbors in the North. And though there are many different benefits to being bi-lingual, speaking French opens a door to a rich and varied European History that will allow you easier learning. French is the business language of fashion and art and being a Latin- derived (*Romance*) langauge, it also can help you understand many medical and religious phrases. Because of the conquering of Wjilliam in 1066, French is also a common thread in many of our English words and the 2 share more cognates with each other than with any other language. A cognate is a word that is the same in 2 different languages, like Giant and Idea. To know French therefore is to deepen your understand of English.
Discuss the effects of European Colonization on the current history and turmoil of many African Countries today?
When 19th Century Powerhouses, such as England and France, decided to conquer land in Africa, they did so with only their own glory in mind. They created national borders that were geographically and logically based as to appease their other counterparts. However, what they didn't consider were the pre-existing numbers of established tribes that were already living there. Nations with borders, such as Nigeria, now included factions of people from both Islamic and non-Islamic nations. With borders drawn around both these groups, now battles would be waged over everything, from land to people's rights. It also affected the economy of many nations, by using water sources as borders, it created high tensions for the nations on either side to delegate resources. Also, nations like Kenya were greatly affected by the fall of Germany after World War 2, when their colonial support was lost after the war. And you can't forget the self- forged turmoil of many nations as they gained independence from many countries in the 1960's. Guinea will alway be economically and admistratively affected by their break from France, because France pull out all of their infrastructure.
What is your understanding of Constructivism? How is it used in your classroom?
One of the most important ideas in learning is Vygotsky’s idea that all learning is socially driven. Vygotsky (1978) believed that children learned first from their people and environment, and then from themselves. It is from this idea that one could derive the constructivist idea of student grouping. Students learn more from each other when placed in smaller groups where they are free to socially interact with each other and their reading. By making them more involved in their learning, they are more likely to show interest which makes them succeed. When placed with the correct influences and supportive teacher, even the most struggling of readers will begin to become excited about reading. Because social constructivism focuses on the small group, assessments are more likely to become tasks before tests. This means that assessments are projects that are completed as a team. These give students the opportunity to become engaged by unleashing their creative sides. In imagining “what could have happened if…” they are allowing themselves to go deeper into their comprehension of reading. This in turn makes them become higher thinkers, which is always a top priority in teaching.