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How to start with spoken english for students of Age 4 to8.

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  2. Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Talking about 2nd language acquisition follows a sequential pattern and does not happen overnight! Since you are talking of youngsters that may not yet have the skills of reading and writing.

    Here are the "stages" of 2nd language acquisition:
    1. Silent/Receptive or Preproduction Stage. This can take from 10 hours to 6 months. The child needs to hear a LOT of repetition. He/She may repeat but it is only parroting. Many learn a lot from watching TV because that is both visual and auditory.
    2. Early Production Stage. This takes up to 6 months. The use of pictures is very helpful and the child can answer "yes/no" or "who, what, where, etc." questions. Short answers can be expected.
    3. Speech Emergen ce Stage. This takes about a year but the child begins to use dialogue and ask simple questions.
    4. Intermediate Language Proficiency Stage. This can take up to another year.
    5. Advanced Language Proficiency Stage. Now it's about 4-10 years.

    All this depends upon the person learning as everyone learns at a different rate. The stages are: listening & repeating, reading and last of all writing. Since everyone has a different style of learning, it will be helpful to know if this "student" learns best by hearing, seeing, or kinesthetically, which means must be physically involved to learn.

    Of course, if you make it a "game" a child of that age will learn fastest. Also having someone who is already bilingual as a "buddy" is helpful.

    Best of luck! Feel free to ask any other questions you may have, including activities but don't be afraid to get creative!

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  3. Here are some sites that may be useful.

    http://esl.about.com/od/teachingchildren/Teaching_Children_ESL_Young_Learners_ESL.htm

    http://members.aol.com/adrmoser/tips/tips.html

    http://iteslj.org/Techniques/Brown-ChildrensLit.html
    http://www.cal.org/resources/digest/0301coltrane.html

    http://clerccenter.gallaudet.edu/products/sharing-ideas/graney/strategies.html

    http://esl.about.com/od/teachingenglish/Teaching_English_Techniques_Resources_Certificates_Employment.htm

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