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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In This English Class, Kids Get A Lesson On Race Relations
It?s the first week of school in many districts across North Texas, and students are returning to the classroom after a summer of racial turmoil in America and police shootings in Dallas. All this week, in a series called ?The First Week,? we?re ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 25 Aug 2016 01:00:00 GMT

ESL students become fluent in more than just English
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Publ.Date : Tue, 23 Aug 2016 17:56:00 GMT

San Bernardino County students improve on state tests
Students made modest strides in the second year of the new California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress math and English tests, new data show. Statewide, 49 percent of students met or exceeded English standards, a 5 percentage point ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Aug 2016 19:03:00 GMT

We?ve Stopped Translating Children?s Books Into English. Where Will We Get the Next Tintin?
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Publ.Date : Thu, 18 Aug 2016 01:00:00 GMT

State math, English test scores are in; how did students do?
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Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:58:00 GMT

Retired Gilbert teacher reconnects students to their past
Richard Roach, former longtime English teacher in Gilbert, put the following message on Facebook on June 1: "Hey, ex-Gilbert students. I need your help with a project that I am starting. Since I retired in 1993, I have returned hundreds and hundreds of ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT

California school test scores: Amid gains in English and math, ethnic gap widens
California students' scores in English and math rose from last year to this spring, with gains spanning gender, race, language and socioeconomic differences, test results released Wednesday show. However, the encouraging news in the annual state test ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:00:00 GMT

How Redlands students scored in state English, math tests
REDLANDS >> Students in the Redlands Unified School District made modest gains in the second year of new state math and English tests, surpassing San Bernardino County and state averages. According to data released Wednesday by the state Department of ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:45:00 GMT

English Teachers, Students Left Reeling by School Closure
VANCOUVER, Aug. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Teachers at Vancouver English Centre showed up for mediation with their employer Friday, armed with proposals aimed at re-opening the school. They were shocked to discover the employer had given up, and has decided to close ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Aug 2016 15:38:00 GMT

Teaching English to Children
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Publ.Date : Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:29:00 GMT