Esl Books

Written by Patty Yu
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ESL, an acronym for English as a Second Language, refers to the learning of English by non-native speakers within an English-speaking region. Immigrants, refugees, and students from other countries are generally those who must partake in ESL programs. In most programs, teachers attempt to not only increase English fluency for the student, but to acclimate the student socially as well.

Most teachers use books to get their students started with reading skills. While some use picture books, it can be a good idea to find specially created ESL books instead. That way, there is a better chance that the material will be age-appropriate as well as appropriate for their language skills. Having textbooks and workbooks is also a good idea, as there are more and more effective products on the market. Often, you can also find corresponding CDs and videos.

ESL Challenges

For those who arrive in a new country with little command of standard English, adjusting to the new environment may prove quite challenging. Teachers must be aware that ESL students may appear withdrawn or uninterested due to a sometimes traumatic departure from their homeland. ESL students often go through stages of adjustments when relocating to North America. However, it is still important to focus on speaking, reading, and writing skills. Having students read from books out loud is a good option, especially if the activity is repeated a few times over the course of the unit or lesson.

Since there are many English-speaking countries, different ESL programs will vary in their dialects. Dialects of English include British English and North American English. However, the difference between the two are slim enough that students studying British English in Hong Kong will have only marginal difficulty if traveling to the United States, mostly in understanding idioms and slang.


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