Guest Post by Dr. Eugenia Krimmel
Even though the text is in English, English Language Learners (ELLs) are reading it through culturally patterned filters. Also known as discourse patterns, the way a language group organizes their expressions in longer text or conversations is strongly influenced by their culture.
English speakers, like most Germanic language groups, subconsciously seek a beginning, middle and end of a joke, paragraph, story, or informational text. We English speakers view the world in a linear, concise, direct manner; therefore, our discourse pattern is a line of three elements. We do not respond well to redundancies, incomplete thoughts or going off on tangents within the text or conversation.
In contrast, ...