“I don’t think this pandemic will have a short end. I think this will change our education system permanently.
Elizabeth Rogers, assistant professor of ESL at American River College, says her experience teaching ESL to immigrant students has been difficult during the pandemic.
“Maybe that [takes] some time for immigrants, including those from the Middle East. to understand the the culture of the American people, ”she added.
It is difficult to understand the nature of the American people in relation to immigrants, including those from the Middle East, she added.
Rogers’ teaching career began in 2009 in Brazil as a children’s English teacher. Since then, she continued to enjoy teaching English, but found herself teaching adults more.
“I really love helping people adjust to a new life and a new language in this convenient way,” Rogers said.
Rogers said immigrant students usually suffer from culture shock at first, but advises not to panic and build a good relationship and study first to become an expert on American life and the English language.
“Don’t stop asking questions even if you look heavy. If someone wasn’t polite to you, try someone else, ”Rogers said. “Ask lots of questions about cultural norms and behavior, and don’t assume that ‘different’ equals ‘bad’ or ‘worse’.
Rogers says the surrounding circumstances of COVID-19 forced immigrant students to follow protocol such as social distancing and masking.
“I imagine most people face the difficulty of learning a language and understanding cultural differences,” Rogers said. “Now those two things are obviously made a lot more difficult due to a lack of human interaction.”
When it comes to the impact that the The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the learning level of online education, Rogers said there is a need for teaching and learning technology to keep the learning process alive. life.
“I think they can learn very well online,” Rogers said. “[Students] you also need to have a good online instructor.
Rogers says cultural differences can also make things difficult. For example, students from the Middle East like to invite their neighbors over for dinner at their house to break the ice and build a warm relationship, but there may be several reasons why an invitation is not returned.
“It’s not because your neighbor doesn’t like you or appreciate the invitation [it’s because most people don’t have the same cultural habit of inviting neighbors into their house]Rogers said. “If the person you’ve invited is a teacher, boss, or someone who helps you in a professional setting, they might think it’s not appropriate to have a personal friendship.”
Ultimately, Rogers says teaching forces her not to think about what she likes, but rather to appear optimistic in front of her students about COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic.
“I don’t think this pandemic will have a short end. I think it will change our education system permanently, ”said Rogers.
No one knows when the COVID 19 pandemic will end. Perhaps we need to be optimistic about the time to come because, in this semester, some classes are coming back to face-to-face.