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.
English kids climb world literacy league table after decades of shame
PUPILS are climbing world rankings in reading and literacy ? after a decade in the doldrums. The PIRLS (Progress in International Reading Literacy Study) stats placed England joint-eighth out of 50 countries. Russia was top, with the Republic of Ireland ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 06 Dec 2017 09:31:00 GMT
Migrant primary school children with English as a second language are outperforming native speakers in spelling in Australia NAPLAN tests
Migrant children are outperforming English speakers in NAPLAN spelling tests. The Federal Government said there was an overall decline in writing and reading scores this year, but students who grew up speaking a different language emerged as the unlikely ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 12 Dec 2017 14:01:00 GMT
UNICEF says millions of children bear brunt of South Sudan crisis
Photo taken on Nov.16, 2015, shows refugee children playing games at a refugee camp in Juba, South Sudan. (Xinhua/Pan Siwei) JUBA, Dec. 15 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan children are bearing the brunt of a crisis that entered its fourth year, the UN children's ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:51:00 GMT
\'Very nature\' of English Benedictine Congregations? schools enabled child abuse
Kate Gallafent QC for the English Benedictine Congregation ... state institutions in England and Wales "have taken seriously their responsibility to protect children from sexual abuse".
Publ.Date : Sat, 16 Dec 2017 04:32:00 GMT
MSF: Over 700 Rohingya Children Killed by Myanmar Military
At least 730 Rohingya children under the age of five have been mercilessly slaughtered by Myanmar police forces in an almost six-month crusade against the Muslim community, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) reports. Following a series of surveys, the ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 14 Dec 2017 08:01:00 GMT
Protests in Northern China As Migrants\' Children Excluded From Schools
Migrant workers who brought their children to live with them in Yulin's Yuyang district have been informed by provincial education bureau officials that they must now provide extra paperwork, including proof of purchase of compulsory pension insurance ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 GMT
Three Yezidi children rescued in Turkey
ANKARA, Turkey ? Three Yezidi children who were abducted by ISIS have been rescued and sent back to Iraq, the Iraqi embassy in Ankara stated. The three were living in Turkey with a Syrian family who had helped the children, the embassy stated.
Publ.Date : Sat, 16 Dec 2017 07:32:00 GMT
The kids are all right: \'Youthquake\' is Oxford word of 2017
Each year, Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that reflects the annual mood. Oxford Dictionaries president Casper Grathwohl said youthquake has "yet to land firmly on American soil, but strong evidence in ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 15 Dec 2017 16:21:00 GMT
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Saving children. ® Last year alone, the St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend raised more than $10 million, and created strong awareness for the St. Jude Heroes program. St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend is one of only two major marathons owned and operated ...
Publ.Date : Mon, 04 Dec 2017 00:16:00 GMT
Facebook Opens to Children Under 13 for Messaging
I?m Bryan Lynn. Bryan Lynn wrote this story for VOA Learning English, based on reports from Facebook, the Associated Press and Reuters. Hai Do was the editor. We want to hear from you. Do you think Messenger Kids is a good idea? Write to us in the ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:49:00 GMT