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 Language Learners are calling for you
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Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:04:00 GMT
Poor students get to grips with English
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Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 22:25:00 GMT
BISD teachers unsure about ESL training sessions
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Publ.Date : Thu, 11 Feb 2016 11:24:00 GMT
Through Reading Buddies, UC Volunteers Help Elementary Students Bridge Language Gaps
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Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:57:00 GMT
District 301 students earn first place at WYSE regional meet
The Central High students who earned medals at the 2016 regional WYSE competition were: Wes Metcalfe, first place in English and biology; Colin Guy, first place in math and computer science; Ryan Cilano, first place in biology; Colin Ficher, second place ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 19:54:00 GMT
P Diddy asks kids for parenting tips
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Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 01:59:00 GMT
Students surprise teacher who hadn\'t gotten birthday cake in 10 years
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Publ.Date : Sat, 13 Feb 2016 00:59:00 GMT
Kids don\'t spend enough time in nature, study shows
A two-year study by the English government has found that some kids haven't set foot in a park, forest, or beach for over a year. The lack of connection to nature is staggering and very tragic. Imagine not setting foot in a park, forest, beach, or other ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:22:00 GMT
ACT essay scores are inexplicably low, causing uproar among college-bound students
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Publ.Date : Fri, 12 Feb 2016 18:55:00 GMT
Students get first glimpse of the First Folio at FIU
On a recent Wednesday morning, a handful of 10th-grade English students from Somerset Academy donned 3-D glasses and stepped into Elizabethan London. Their tour guide warned them to watch out for rats carrying plague. ?This is so cool,? students ...
Publ.Date : Tue, 09 Feb 2016 04:11:00 GMT