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Free Resource for Learning English as a Second Language

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Pumarosa.com is a free, bilingual, phonetic, and interactive English-as-a-Second Language (ESL) website for Spanish-speaking learners of all ages. It will help learners gain knowledge of English grammar, sentence structure, and will also strengthen their listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. The website encourages continuous participation. Pumarosa was designed to teach basic English to Spanish-speaking students, but its graded structure can be easily adapted for teaching English to learners whose first language is not Spanish.

Common Auditory Confusions

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It can be difficult to help a learner with reading and spelling when either or both of you do not accurately distinguish between some of these tricky English sounds. It is time well spent --for tutor and learner alike--to focus on these basics so learners may begin the work of associating the sounds of English with the written representation. This focus on sounds comes before phonics and is termed "Phonemic Awareness".

An Ultimate Resource

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Phonics and spelling rules are not simple. But, learning to use Ultimate Phonics in our computer lab is simple. It's a perfect way for your eager learner to get extra practice. Try incorporating it into your weekly lesson as an easy phonics component.

Even if you think you or your learner are not computer savvy, you'll be using this computer program with confidence within an hour. Check out the website for more information- http://www.spencerlearning.com/

Tell me about your holidays

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Pretend that you are a visitor to your learner's home country, and that you know nothing about it. Have the months of the year written on a piece of paper, and ask your learner to go through the year and tell about the holidays of each month. You could even break this up and do a different season over four sessions. Talk about the name of the holiday, what it celebrates/commemorates, how people celebrate, what they eat, etc; he or she can even quiz you at the end.

How do I ...?

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It is important for learners to know how to write about and verbally explain a process. Have your learner think of something he or she knows how to do that doesn't require a lot of time or materials (example: Origami, darning a sock, doing a card trick). Talk about the process to help generate the necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures, then ask them to write the process for homework.

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