“We Promise to Stop Bullying!” written by Retired Multicultural Speech Communication Teacher, Norma Landa Flores, has been developed to assist teachers of Culturally Diverse students in grades 6-9, Bilingual, ESL, ELL, Immigrant, Civics, Social Studies & Multicultural Teacher Preparation Programs, by using authentic, genuine current issues and classroom discussions to facilitate reconciliation of student disagreements.
Since many current issues are about building walls to keep illegal immigrants out of the country, community, schools and jobs, students use the hate language they hear to get attention by bullying the targets of current hate language. This hinders classroom learning atmosphere of cooperation and collaboration, making it difficult for teachers to teach in a peaceful, productive manner.
On Pages1-4 “We promise to Stop Bullying!” shares a hostile communication situation about a bully making fun of an immigrant boy’s inappropriate pronunciation in class. The bully even uses his phone to text a hurtful message about his “illegal Messykin Mush-Mouth” classmate. The teacher asks her students to teach their bilingual classmate how to pronounce the words appropriately as part of the new Bilingual-Multicultural Language lessons they will be studying from now on.
The bully see’s he can get good attention teaching English and learning Spanish and promises to start building puentes-bridges instead of walls-paredes from now on!
Page 5 instructs students to have a discussion with a classmate to answer questions about the story and write down opinions they shared with each other to see if they can collaborate to reach an agreement. Page 6 provides instructions on how to articulate two key consonants featured in the story, [ tʃ ] Teacher &
[ ʃ ] T-shirt. Also, the FPA, Functional Pronunciation Assessment © N. L. Flores 2012, lists 6 sentences with underlined [ tʃ ] & [ ʃ ] words for classmates to pronounce & rate each other’s level of articulation appropriateness.
Page 7 is the Assessment of Communication Competence and English Speaking Skills (ACCESS © N. L. Flores 2005 ) Provides students with an opportunity to put the feedback they received from page 6 to demonstrate their improved oral communication skills.
Page 8 reminds students that Martin Luther King said, “Let us build bridges ... not walls.Then, the Contexts & Standards-Based Criteria for Assessing both pronunciation and spoken communication is listed so that students & teachers will know students’ level of English Language Speaking Proficiency & Multicultural Communication Competence they have achieved. The levels range from, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Risky, Poor & Dangerous! Suggestions are listed as to how to improve.