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Teaching preschoolers english

Hi there - I am a part-time english teacher and will taking over a class of children at a preschool/kindergarden level, which means they do not yet read or write. Does anyone know of teaching material (books, websites,etc.) for this purpose.
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

There are quite a few ESL (English second language) resources (lesson plans etc)/forums on the net.
Here are a few I found quickly.
http://genkienglish.net/kindergarten.htm
http://www.eslmonkeys.com/teacher/lessonplans.html
http://www.simplyesl.com/articles/99...ren/Page1.html
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

www.starfall.com . This is the one that i'm using for my kid..They have loads of worksheets too. I really find it useful.
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

I used to teach different classes 3-8 year olds, with different ratios of multilingual and non-English speaking children. We used immersion along with plenty of games and activities covering all the curriculum areas.

The best way, I found to stimulate language was through songs, action rhymes and books. We also used a lot of dual language materials when possible, which helped chldren to compare different systems. Something as simple as doing a song in ine language then repeating it in tranlsation.


There are different philosophies on when to introduce the written word and how. My argument is that many children, especially those who are exposed to electronic media or live in the inner -city, are bombarded with the written language everyday and they absorb it. So it is the duty of the educator to help increase their awareness. There are many different teaching systems/materials to choose from. Make sure that you vet all materials beforehand for safety, racism, sexism etc.
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

Hi Linda i use Letterland and the kids seem to love it. It's a synthetic phonic system who's characters grab the imagination of the child and provide an all round introduction through movement, action songs and games. You can take a look at the website here http://www.letterland.com/
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http://www.uptoten.com/
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

Oldhand many thanks for this.

We are also looking for bilingual (German-English) picture books for our son -22 months. I saw someone on the train with this & their son last week, but foolishly enough did not ask where they had sourced it. Have trised Amazon, however cannot find anything similar.

Anyone have any feedback / pointers.
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

Hiya Polorise, i googled bilingual english/german books children and came up with a few sources. However due to my ineptitude with the computer i cant seem to post the links.
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HI, Check out www.bogglesworldesl.com it has some great material...
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Re: Teaching preschoolers english

Hi,
I am moving to Switzerland (near Aarau) next summer and am wondering what kind of job i'm likely to find. I teach German in primary schools to children 3-11 years in England and ideally I would like to find something similar teaching Grundschule English in Switzerland. Does anyone here do anything similar or know how English is currently taught at primary age in Switzerland?
Thanks!
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We are also looking for bilingual (German-English) picture books for our son -22 months. I saw someone on the train with this & their son last week, but foolishly enough did not ask where they had sourced it. Have trised Amazon, however cannot find anything similar.

Anyone have any feedback / pointers.
Try Mantra: http://www.mantralingua.com/

They do bilingual books in English/other lang, and have a pretty big selection of English/German books (31 books last time I looked). The non-fiction tends to be a bit overly-PC and worthy, but some of the traditional tales are fun.

And just in time for xmas, too!
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Consider making your own books. A laminator helps. Take photos of your child then add text. Try to make it into a story e.g. a trip to the playground etc.
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