Keba! English for Kids (ESL), an app for iOS and Android, engages young English learners with three broad categories of lessons: animals, children, and fruits & vegetables. Each of these categories has several subcategories of lessons that integrate audio, animation, and photos. The images are bright, simple, and easy to understand for the youngest audience. For example, a section about animals includes a crowing rooster, a jumping kangaroo, and a squirrel crunching a nut. Child-appealing characters describe the pictures using simple words; the voices are talented native-speaking actors. In addition, the app has hilarious sounds for children to play with, making it engaging for young learners. Cost: Free
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned to the most in April.
You have a new student, and he speaks no English. His family has just moved to your town from Japan, and although he receives English as a second language (ESL) support, he is also in your classroom every day so he will have more exposure to his new language. How can you be an effective teacher to this student?
Three educators of English learners offer 12 strategies that regular classroom teachers can use to improve instruction for their EL students. The strategies are simple to implement; they take little time to carry out; and best of all, they will help all students to learn.
Try these resources as you implement some of the suggested strategies.
The Institute for Inquiry (IFI) is a professional development program provided by the Exploratorium in San Francisco. IFI has created an online curriculum for professionaldevelopers that addresses the theory and practice of inquiry-based science education.