ESL for Children

One of the best times to teach someone a new skill, including a new language, is in the early development stages of childhood education. Rather than teaching a whole new set of rules for grammar, punctuation, structure and speech, young students are often able to pick up a new language as easily as their native tongues.

For those students who move to the United States from other parts of the world, there are ESL programs available in public and private schools. Teachers are trained to work with students at many different levels of development. One of the main goals of ESL education is to help students develop confidence in their verbal and written skills. Rather than feeling isolated by a language barrier, students involved in ESL education programs tend to develop a sense of community in a rather short period of time. In recent times, teachers have gotten rather creative in their ESL lesson plans. Rather than boring students with traditional spelling tests, grammar quizzes and essay writing assignments, teachers are using music, art and even theater to relate lesson plans to students from all over the world. I once heard of an ESL teacher providing her students with refrigerator magnets featuring English words, and letting them create poetry with them.

One of the most popular teaching tools for young ESL students is a list of commonly used words called "Dolch sight words." These words appear in more than 50 percent of the children's books on the market today. Many lesson plans incorporate the use of these words in creative ways. These lesson plans help students learn to recognize popular words by sight, and help to develop a rudimentary English vocabulary.

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REVEALED: Children\'s top #word of 2015
OXFORD University Press, one of the world?s leading watchdogs of the English language today revealed the children?s word of the year. And it isn?t even a word, but the hashtag symbol, #. It follows an intensive study of the new and most-used words ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 05:14:00 GMT

Donetsk children kicking off on their football goals
BEIJING, May 28 (Xinhuanet) -- Football, like all sports, is universal. Wherever you go in the world, there are kids playing in an open space, kicking a ball around. East Ukraine is no different, despite the civil war that's only been checked by the recent ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 27 May 2015 23:31:00 GMT

Australian primary schools to teach coding? What?s next, expecting children to learn maths and English?
Teaching coding in schools is a complete no-brainer. Computers ? in whatever form they take ? are only going to become more ubiquitous in the years ahead, so the idea we start teaching kids the inner workings of them from an early age is a given.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 08:43:00 GMT

Bengaluru: Students reach out to Children?s Shelter as part of Community Service Initiative
The students from the middle school visited the children?s shelter as part of their community service. TRIO students thought English by reading, performing skits, word building games, songs and helped them to make Origamies and various art and craft ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 00:40:00 GMT

ESL in-home program continues through summer
During the school year when schools are closed, parents of ESL school children living in Carson, Douglas and Washoe counties are also taking ESL classes for adults. When public schools are closed these adults will need English Conversation practice so they ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 25 May 2015 10:24:00 GMT

William ?Bill? Harley English
William (Bill) Harley English, passed away peacefully at home on May 23, 2015 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was surrounded by his loving wife and children. It was his wish to be cremated. A memorial service in his honor will be held ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 10:02:00 GMT

Learning to Read in Safaliba Helps Kids Learn English
In the Safaliba-speaking community of Ghana, children are beginning to read and write in their home language, Safaliba. A team of researchers and teachers believe this early education helps when the children begin learning in English.
Publ.Date : Thu, 21 May 2015 19:11:00 GMT

Oxford dubs hashtag \'#\' children\'s word of the year
OXFORD, England, May 28 (UPI) --The publishers of the Oxford English Dictionary dubbed hashtag symbol "#" as the children's word of the year. The Oxford University Press said the hashtag symbol was chosen after an analysis of 120,421 entries into Radio 2's ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 09:14:00 GMT

UN Seeks to Blacklist Israel over Killing Gaza Children
TEHRAN (Tasnim) ? The United Nations' Children and Armed Conflict group said the Israeli army should be added to its blacklist for the death of Palestinian children during Gaza War. The move has been recommended by Leila Zerrougui, the special ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 08:24:00 GMT

Hashtag named UK children\'s word of the year #important
Oxford University Press analysed 120,421 entries to the competition to unearth insights into the lives of British children and the ways they use English. There is much to be cheered by, said Vineeta Gupta, head of children?s dictionaries at OUP.
Publ.Date : Thu, 28 May 2015 00:25:00 GMT