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    Teaching young learners English as a second language has a number of challenging aspects that are rarely encountered in teaching English to older children and adults. Younger children are restless and may not give their teacher their full attention which makes learning new vocabulary and grammar very difficult.  Younger children often have very little reason or need to learn a foreign language. 

    Children love stories. They can remain enthralled for hours listening to fantastic, scary or funny tales. Stories are an important part of bedtime and some kids can’t go to sleep without their bedtime story. Given this love for storytelling, it’s not hard to understand why storytelling is an effective tool for teaching English to early foreign language classes.  Why should teachers use stories?

    Strong vocabulary skills are the foundation to successful reading comprehension. Research has shown that kids who have weak vocabulary when they enter kindergarten are more likely to struggle when learning to read. Kindergartners will learn about 3,000 new words in a single school year so it is imperative for any educator to help young learners learn as much vocabulary skills as they need to be successful.  The National Reading Panel identified four types of vocabulary.

    Everyone can recall those pleasant moments when they were young and there was nothing more important to do than spend countless hours playing. Many of us remember our childhood imaginary friends, and all the adventures we spent outside or even inside the house. Play is a meaningful experience and it is very satisfying for children.

    Six Types of Young ESL Learners

    Admin - Jan 09 2016

    ESL educators who teach kids should be aware of young students’ preferred learning styles and how these differ from one child to another. This is because identifying and empathizing with the different types of young learners in any given classroom will help teachers effectively introduce and reinforce language concepts.  There are six basic types of learners.

    Songs and stories are some of the most effective teaching tools ESL and EFL educators can deploy in just about any classroom level. This is especially true for kids who will not only pile up their stash of English words but will also improve their listening skills.  Language educators focusing on young learners often use a hybrid narrative form that melds different elements of songs, poems and stories

    While China remains a good career destination for native English speakers planning to teach English abroad, it also poses a slew of challenges that might intimidate novice ESL or EFL practitioners. On top of travel and immigration hurdles, the language classroom itself constitutes a challenging environment, according to veteran educators who have first-hand knowledge of the field.

    The Future of ESL Employment

    Admin - Dec 22 2015

    English is now the global language of business and the dominant language used in the Internet. There is now very little doubt that people in the future will work and communicate ideas in English. Given this certainty, the demand for ESL educators will not only spike up but will also be increasingly characterized by the use of different learning technologies. As this ESL employment scenario unfolds, the market for ESL resources will bustle with activity and fueled by spurts in the development of new and better teaching environments and methodologies.

    If you already made up your mind to become an ESL educator and are on the prowl for a great ESL job, the likelihood that you will find the best career path for your current credentials, needs, and preferences largely depends on two things: your willingness to do your homework and your commitment to meet the work requirements and jump into the ESL bandwagon. The homework largely consists of doing exhaustive research online and probing friends or contacts within the ESL community. 

    Teaching English as a second language is a division of education that is continually growing. Teachers wishing to acquire a job in education may be more likely to do so if they look for a job in an area such as ESL or ESOL. The competition for ESL jobs is usually not as stiff as the competition for regular classroom teaching jobs. If you prefer to work in a different teaching role, ESL can be a great pathway to eventually get another teaching position of your dreams. If you answer a school’s call when they are desperately seeking an ESL teacher, they will most likely return the favor at a later date and transfer you to another position in the school that suits you best.

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