Strategies for Meaningful, Productive ESL Lessons

 

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ESL Lessons
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An established Houston accountant, Sue Ann Ma leads Seminal Financial Group, Inc., as president and provides coordinated services that include bookkeeping and tax planning. Sue Ann Ma supports nonprofits such as the American Red Cross and would like the opportunity teaching children English as a second language (ESL) in the future.

One ESL strategy is introducing vocabulary and language that is carefully targeted to the lesson at hand. The use of universal themes and meaning-based context helps ensure that the material is applicable to real-life situations in which students have interest. Common examples include going out to eat in a restaurant or taking a trip to the beach with friends.

As lessons progress, authentic assessments are used as a method of evaluating students’ understanding of material. A key aspect of this is realizing that the students will often be unable to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts learned using advanced language skills. For this reason, the ESL teacher must take time to understand each student’s abilities and particular way of conveying knowledge.

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