english as a second language

Listen Up!

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If your ESL learner would like a good resource for listening practice at home, check out Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab at www.esl-lab.com. Listening exercises are divided into categories of easy, medium, and difficult. Each exercise has pre- and post-listening activities, such as discussion topics, comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, and suggestions for extension activities.

Roll the Dice!

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Forming questions is often very difficult for English language learners. If you have a die (or a pair of dice), you can make a game of asking questions. Assign each number a question word; for example, one is who, two is what, three is where, four is when, five is why, and six is how. Roll the die, and your learner (and/or you) should ask a question using that word. The question and answer may also spark a very interesting conversation.

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".

Enhance Your Learning with ESL Podcast!

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For an adult learner who needs some English listening practice and has Internet access, we highly recommend eslpod.com.  Learners can go to the site and choose a podcast that is of interest to them. They can listen to it slowly, listen to an explanation of it, and/or listen to it quickly; at the same time they can read the transcript if they'd like. The service is free, but interested students can pay for a basic or premium membership if they would like to receive the "Learning Guides."  

Continuing Education for ESL Tutors

Every Friday at 3:00 (CST), the American TESOL Institute conducts a free 30 minute webinar on a topic of interest for ESL teachers and tutors. Visit http://www.livebinders.com/play/present?id=292127 for more information and to access archives of previous webinars. If you complete a webinar, be sure to turn in a short summary to the literacy office for continuing education credit. 

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