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ESL education

Teaching strategies for English as a second l*****nguage

Picture yourself in an international airport. You have a few minutes to reach your connecting flight, and all the signage is in the native language. There are no clues as to which corridor will lead to ***** airline, and the people, while appearing friendly, and speak ***** more words of your language than you know of *****irs. You know that ***** around ***** the words are printed that ***** point you in ***** direction of your flight, but you might ***** well be bl*****d as expect ***** be able to decipher the words. How would you feel? Frustration, may***** anger at the impossible nature of the situation would likely fill *****r mind. The unpredictable energy of *****se emotions would make it even ***** difficult ***** ***** positive progress toward learning to decipher the coded signs and monitors

***** setting is an adult version of what a child encounters who comes to *****n Engl*****h speaking school who does not know how to speak, or read the English *****. His home is a place in which the language of his p*****nts is spoken fluently, but in school, the teachers, book, bulletin boards ***** assignments are all printed in a ***** language that he nei*****r can ***** nor understand.

The good news ***** ***** ***** in elementary school, the prospects of a student learning a new language are ***** most favorable. The notion that language acquisition is a gradual process is not universally accepted in the teaching community. Field studies have *****ed to the child's ability ***** acquire a language during specific times in his development that the common belief regarding language acquisition is that children are preprogrammed to acquire language at a definite point in their development. The view that the child possesses a capacity for ***** that the ***** has lost is widely shared (e.g., Andersson, 1969; Jakobovits, 1972; Wilkins, 1972) and has been ********** in what is known as the "critical period" hypo*****sis

***** critical period for language learning is usually defined as lasting from about age 2 ***** puberty. Before the ***** reaches age *****, language acquisition is impossible because of maturational factors, and after puberty ***** natural acquisition ***** language is thought to be blocked by a loss of "cerebral plasticity" resulting from the completion of the development of cerebral dominance through lateralization of the ***** function. (McLaughlin, 1984) The application ***** t***** predisposition toward language development during young childhood is that in the classroom, in early ***** school ESL *****s are at *****ir most operative learning ability. The ***** teacher's job, as ***** as it is, will never ***** easier than in the formative elementary school years.

According to ESL teacher Kristen Miles (2004), assistance from ***** child's home can not be expected. "The parents are completely supportive of the school, and want the child ***** learn English. It's just that the parents believe that it is the ********** ***** to teach the English ***** as part


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