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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Cross-Cultural Communication Problems among Moroccan EFL Students
The participants were 30 second year Baccalaureate students and 30 native speakers of English in Fes. Native speakers were used as a control group, whereas Moroccan EFL learners were taken as an experimental group. Purposive sampling was the technique used ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:16:00 GMT

Fury after children as young as 13 are made to write a fictional \'suicide note\' for GCSE English homework
A headteacher has been slammed by parents after 12-year-old pupils were asked to write a suicidal character's final diary entry. English students in year nine and ten at Beauchamps High School in Wickford, Essex, were reading JB Priestley's play An ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Oct 2015 08:54:00 GMT

ESL classes offered at Prairie State College
... State College is a multi-level program providing high-quality English language instruction including writing, reading, speaking and listening skills. Each semester, about 300 students participate in the program at the college?s main campus located ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 08 Oct 2015 01:23:00 GMT

Big shift from Hindi to English in Delhi schools
NEW DELHI: In 2008-09, only two of Delhi's nine districts had more students in English medium schools than in Hindi medium ones. Five years later, in 2013-14, the picture has flipped completely, with only three districts now having more Hindi medium ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 07 Oct 2015 15:30:00 GMT

State looking to learn from Cherry Creek\'s model for English learners
In the final year of a district-wide rollout to a model that started in 2007, the students who don't speak English fluently ? about 5,700 ? now stay in mainstream classrooms with peers who speak English, and sometimes with teachers who have never ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:18:00 GMT

Dual-Language Programs Are on the Rise, Even for Native English Speakers
In some localities, like New York City, the primary goal of expanding dual-language programs is to increase access to them for English-language learners, officials at the city?s Education Department said. Traditionally, these children were taught almost ...
Publ.Date : Thu, 08 Oct 2015 17:36:00 GMT

ESL resources available, but underutilized
Bonet-Matiz said that while he is not sure how he could solve this problem, his experience shows that graduate students who speak English as a second language need to be made aware of the on-campus resources available to them. One such resource is the ...
Publ.Date : Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:56:00 GMT

Madison proposes to expand, alter its services for students who don\'t speak English
Faced with disappointing test scores and graduation rates, Madison school officials are proposing significant changes in the way the district teaches the fast-growing population of students whose native language is not English. The changes are driven by a ...
Publ.Date : Sun, 04 Oct 2015 04:08:00 GMT

Why I love poetry, despite my English classes
When we arrived at senior school we were thrown straight into The Lady of Shalott, Shakespeare, Burns, Keats and later on Chaucer ? long, written in old fashioned English and difficult to understand, these poems merely confirmed most students in their ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Oct 2015 02:42:00 GMT

Mipcom: Discovery Kids, Cris Morena, Campanella?s MundoLoco Forge Toon Alliance
CANNES ? In a top-of-their-class animation alliance, Discovery Kids and Argentina?s Cris Morena Group and MundoLoco CGI, co-founded by Juan Jose Campanella, are partnering to co-develop three English-language kids toon series: ?Floribella ...
Publ.Date : Fri, 09 Oct 2015 03:09:00 GMT