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English as a Second Language (ESL)
ESL teachers help their students to develop proficiency in all aspects of their English language use at one time, a huge task. These students do not have the luxury of having heard and spoken the language for years before they must read and write it. In addition, ESL students must learn academic English as well as social English to get by at school. Figurative language, irregularly spelled words, and unfamiliar syntax can make comprehension extremely difficult. VocabularySpellingCity can help students develop their English skills by providing fun games and activities that include audio features, contextually-rich sentences, spelling practice, and immediate feedback on answers.
Pronunciation and Context for ESL Students
VocabularySpellingCity utilizes both spoken and written English in games and activities, so students learning English can learn to pronounce words correctly. The combination of spoken and written English also helps students connect the words they hear with the words they see. Contextually-rich sentences, read clearly by natural English speakers, allow students to hear words as they are used in social or academic contexts.
VocabularySpellingCity provides choice in word lists, so you can match the lists you use to each class or student. Ready-made lists focus on subjects such as math, geography, literature, and science to help students develop their academic English. You can also make custom word lists relevant to the particular experiences and needs of each student or class. ESL students enjoy learning English spelling, definitions, and applications using interactive online games. Assign an interactive word list to your ESL students, and open up a world of games, activities, and assessments that will ensure learning.
If you have a particular set of words you'd like your students to learn, simply create your own list on VocabularySpellingCity. Then, students can click on the words to hear them spelled out, pronounced, and used in a sentence. Have students create their own flashcards with any list. Simply click on "Flashcards" to see the words and their definitions. Then click on the blue underlined sentence to hear the word used in a sentence. It's fast and easy for the teacher, and it's fun and rewarding for the student.
VocabularySpellingCity has lists to help ESL students practice these tricky words. Assign these lists to your students as regular work or as bonus practice. Your students will make connections and learn new words while they're having fun.
Cognates – words that have a similar spelling and meaning in two languages, can be an effective tool to boost academic language learning for ESL learners. VocabularySpellingCity's cognates lists can help Spanish speakers learn English. Believe it or not, about 40% of all English words have similar cognates in Spanish!
Note: There is such a thing as a false cognate, the most famous one being that embarazada in Spanish is not "embarrassed" — it means "pregnant"! It is not a 100% foolproof strategy — but it is generally a very useful tool.
Record Keeping for ESL
With a VocabularySpellingCity Premium Membership, you have a comprehensive automated grade book to track your ESL students' progress and monitor their activities. You can view, copy, and print detailed results by topic or by time frame. In addition, students can electronically submit writing assignments for you to grade. You can also assign specific lists and activities to individual students, groups of students, or an entire class. To learn more, click here.