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Teaching Children ESL - Young Learners' ESL

K-12 and elementary school education specifically for ESL learning and teaching including: games, lesson plans, songs, fun activities and teaching techniques, as well as other sites of interest to K through 12 ESL educators.
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Process Writing
Introduction to using process writing in an ESL EFL setting.

Aesop's Fables - The Ass and his Purchaser
Lesson Plan based on The Ass and his Purchaser including vocabulary and key phrase explanations and follow-up questions.

Basic Essay Writing Style - Young Learner's Writing
First in a series of four lessons is designed to help students become familiar with writing an essay in English. The first lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing style. The final three lessons focus on developing skills that are used when analyzing texts as the basis of their essays.

Basic Essay Writing
This lesson is designed to give students an overview of basic essay writing. Students begin by brainstorming on a short story, then become familiar with essay structure, and, finally, develop an essay outline together.

Children's English Learning Fun
Fun products to help children learn English recommended by About.com's guide to English as a Second Language

Developing a Character Analysis - Young Learner's Writing
Once students have decided what they need to write about, they often have a hard time actually developing the material to include in the essay. For this reason, this interview format exercise develops ideas about various characters which can later be used to help them write an essay.

One topic of discussion is sure to be popular no matter where you are in the world: food! One of the most important things that your students need to learn for traveling is food vocabulary. This lesson focuses on building vocabulary and then having students use the vocabulary by preparing one of their favorite national dishes.

Getting Ideas Organized - Young Learner's Writing
This final lesson in this series helps students put their observations into written form by asking them to fill out a questionnaire. Students can then take these replies and incorporate them into their final essay.

Recognizing People
This activity has children work on the present continuous form while at the same time increase their passive vocabulary skills of descriptive adjectives through recognition. You will need a number of magazines, perhaps two or three per group, for this activity.

Short Writing Topics
The idea of this exercise is to get students to quickly write about a topic they choose (or you assign). These short presentations are then used in two manners; to generate spontaneous conversations on a wide range of topics, and to take a look at some common writing problems.

Stereotypes: Lesson for Teenagers
Helping young learners come to terms with stereotypes, and recognize that stereotypes do contain some truth, but also can not be applied across the board, is central to this lesson. The lesson also helps them improve their descriptive adjective vocabulary while they discuss perceived differences between nations through stereotypes

Using Themes to Relate to a Story - Young Learner's Writing
Students now have a better understanding of the various characters in the short story or book. Students can now deepen their understanding of the work at hand by analyzing the most important themes of the book and how the character would relate to those themes based on their previous work.

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