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Advice for ESL Teacher in Germany

 
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apples4english



Joined: 30 Jan 2004
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 8:25 pm    Post subject: Advice for ESL Teacher in Germany Reply with quote

Hello!
I need some advice from some experienced ESL Teachers! I know that this is not the right forum, but I thought I would start here. What book (or books) would you recommend for teaching ESL to very young children who cannot yet read and write, that is children from ages 3-7? Most of the books available here in Germany are really geared towards grade school students. Is/Are there really one (or two) book(s) that is/are available for very young learners that one could use all year round? Otherwise I would use a "Book a Month" concept and base my lessons around that book (e.g., the Very Hungry Caterpillar and then incorporating the theme "foods" and/or "insects" etc. in my activites (singing, dancing, creative work) with the children (these are German children who would meet once a week for 1 hour to learn English).
I would be greatful for any advice!
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sita



Joined: 21 Jan 2003
Posts: 261
Location: Germany

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 5:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hiya!

I think your second option sounds much nicer!

I live & teach in Germany but adults not kids

I know loads free stuff on the web - but German esl books for such lil kids are all useless ( the ones I have seen!)

Best wishes
Siān
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apples4english



Joined: 30 Jan 2004
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Location: Germany

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2004 11:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi again Siān!

I agree that there are no good books for teaching young children here in Germany (at least none that I've seen so far). A couple of private schools have developed their own materials, but again these are geared more towards children who are either about to go to school or are already in school (can read and write). I also think that you can be much more flexible and create more interesting lesson plans if you use different materials throughout the year than by following one book all year round. That is why I will get a lot of the childrens books I want to use directly from the U.S. Of course, repitition is very important, but very young children learn very fast (of course, there are always exeptions), yet have very limited attention spans. So the more interesting, the more it gets them involved (no direct teaching) and the more energentic they will be to participate (and thus learn).

I too have been scowering the Web and have found lots of materials. There is really a wealth of information here, in many ways too much information if you don't have the experiences to determine what would work and what wouldn't.

Any suggestions you have I would greatly appreciate.

Many greetings,

Kerstin
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Pamlc



Joined: 17 Feb 2003
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2004 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Kirsten

Dont know if you have already come accross this site or not, but it has downloadable levelled reading books that you could print off and have the kids colour in as well as learn the vocabulary. The link is

http://www.readinga-z.com

Hope you find it useful.
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eca



Joined: 05 Apr 2004
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Location: Guatemala

PostPosted: Mon Apr 05, 2004 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile I was also going to suggest readinga-z but. learningpage.com which is a sister site is also nice and free of charge.
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