Learning English as a second language - what helps?

Where children are learning English as a second language or where their parents do not have English as their first language, the ability to express themselves with a wide vocabulary can be an additional challenge. Children learn functional words and can express themselves clearly but may struggle with higher order reading skills where the context may be unfamiliar and expressive language.

To overcome this, as educators we need to be intentional and consistent about developing a wide vocabulary focussing particularly on synonyms and antonyms – not only knowing these but applying these both in verbal and in written language. Therefore, the learning of vocabulary needs to be high profile and word challenges included each week.

Check out these websites for great ideas about how to do this.

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