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ESL and ESOL

ESL    (English as a Second Language)
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages)

The development of ESL and ESOL programs is to teach basic English skills to those school children for whom English is not spoken at home. The UK, Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia recognise that there are significant numbers of these children in the school system ranging from Primary through to High School level. Australia is a very Mulicultural Society where 21.5% of adults speak a language other than English at home (ABS). This indicates that there is a huge amount of school aged children who speak English at school and a different language at home.

 

Teaching English

These school based programs identify ESL and ESOL students, assess their English language competence and prioritise their needs for English learning support. ESL teaching programs also focus on developing students’ ability to pronunciate, spell, use the vocabulary and understand and use the grammatical structures and features of English. These programs develop a competence in the English language which in turn, develops the student so that they can better communicate in their learning endeavours and also interact with fellow students on a social level. They also help to break down social and cultural barriers, as the students become English language helpers to their parents.

 

Phonics Alive! Family of Literacy Software

These programs are very important educational resources for ALL ESL and ESOL students at any age level. They work through the 4 basic requirements of any ESL/ESOL program.
Phonics Alive! 1 and Phonics Alive! 2 The Sound Blender, work through the basics of pronunciation and phonics awareness.
Phonics Alive! 3 The Speller works through the issues and rules of English spelling.
Phonics Alive! 4 Grammar works through the essential issues of grammar.

 

Benefits

  • The students are instructed orally by the computer voice so that they can work alone at their own pace. They do not require great reading skills to participate in these programs.
  • The programs keep track of their progress so that a parent/teacher can examine results and use the results as a diagnostic tool to establish areas of concern.
  • At the end of each section in Phonics Alive! 1, the friendly “Literacy Reader” character guides the student through a spoken chapter in an ongoing short story. These chapters are carefully crafted to include examples of all the lessons learned in the preceding module. This is extremely useful for ESL/ESOL students.
  • As an innovative approach to teaching, Lower Case letters are provided in decals to place on the computer keyboard. This enables the student to recognise letters that are used throughout the program and eliminates confusion with capital letters.