Marie-Félixe McLetchie is a part-time PhD student at the University Complutense Madrid in the English Linguistics department. I hold a Master’s degree in English Studies at the Université des Antilles Guyane (UAG/France). I also have an English-for-Speakers-of-Other-Languages (ESOL) teaching certificate by the Atlanta Public Schools (APS/USA) and a Master’s degree in French at Georgia State University (GSU/USA). I recently obtained a B.A. in Applied Foreign Language, International Relations and Business at the University of Bordeaux, France.
I taught a variety of subjects and worked at different positions as my professional career shows evidence of a bit of administration, tourism and management but most of my career has been devoted to the Education field for more than 25 years in counting and most particularly in the language field. I have been teaching languages to adults, teenagers and younger ones, in public and private schools settings both in the French and in the US systems. I am longing to teach ESOL to link the program with the scope of my thesis study. My current students come from different backgrounds and it is interesting to observe the different mistakes occurring verbally and in their writing due to language transfer.
So, it is to no surprise that the topic for my thesis is about the influence of the vernacular language of students from Trinidad and Tobago on their writing. I am to verify whether the Trinidadian students write the way they speak and to analyze the impact of this phenomenon. It seems that the vernacular language has a role to play in the syntactic and lexical disparities encountered during the students’ literary production. The thesis is still at its early stage of production so lots of research studies are to be done.
Throughout my years of teaching world languages, I have discovered that some of the strongest lessons are reinforced through self-discovery. If the student is not highly motivated, it will take a village for the young mind to explore a language on its own outside the classroom. I strongly agree with many of the questions that support the Cognitive-experimentalism philosophy.