Teaching ESL to Young Learners

photo credit: Google images

photo credit: Google images

 Learning a second language

Language is a universal human phenomenon. Whether it is a verbal language, a series of clicks and other sounds, or even sign language, all humans find a way to communicate with one another. Children begin learning many things from a very young age. They see and hear what their parents do, and copy that. By the time a child is around one year, he or she can make simple sounds. As the child grows, their knowledge of sounds, words, and means increase and grow more complex. According to a 2005 article by Ashworth and Wakefield,

“Language is the key to creative thinking, solving problems and collaborative learning.”

(Teaching the World’s Children ESL For Ages Three to Seven, English Teaching Forum, 43 (1), pg. 3)

I couldn’t agree more with that quote. Language helps us speak our thoughts, express our feelings, and talk with one another. Language is not a dead thing; it grows as new words are added and old words are left to history. Being able to communicate effectively is essential to happy and successful living.

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Five Things Teachers Can Do to Improve Learning For ELLs For the New Year

I came across this excellent page on Colorin Colorado’s website. Colorin Colorado is an ELL website based in the United States, and they work with ELL students and families. They have plenty of tips and resources for teachers and parents! I’d like to share these tips with you!

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