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Joined: Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:55 pm
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Hi all.
I'm teaching English to 2.5/3.5 year old kids. It means I have my own students every day 5 days a week, all thru the day. I teach them not only language art but also arts and craft. I do everything in English but the children (only 5) don't have an English backround at home.
I take two weeks (10 working days) for each topic.
How do I do it? with the help of a TA and Chinese language teacher (to translate some now and than)52 English is a new language for them. The parents are Chinese and 99% can't speak any English so reinforcement at home is excluded.

I would like to send a clear message to the parents about what the children are able to learn -given their situation such as second language learners, aged 2-3.5 and lacking reinforcement at home.
Parents in China often have expectation way too high.
What are realistic goals? (I'm only interested in the language part here) Is there something like a guide with realistic learning goals for ESL pre-schoolers?

Mon Apr 16, 2007 3:57 pm
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Location: Nagano, Japan
I just want to make sure I got the word problem right :lol:
5 kids for 40 hours a week and 2 teachers?

I would say in that case the parents can expect pretty good results. That's a great situation. However, I would make sure that they understand it will take time.

I've never worked in a situation like that, but I did think about trying it here in Japan. My idea (again based on nothing) was a year for listening comprehension and then speaking would follow about 6 months behind. So, after 18 months the students should be able to converse a bit in English, but understand most of what is said to them.

I don't know of any studies that compare 'time' and 'situation' for learning English in pre-schoolers. You might try Google Scholar and search for articles

If you can write out something that explains your plan and timeline estimates, I'm sure the parents will be satisfied with that.
1-3 months
    answering yes/no questions
    responding to verbal commands
    functional phrases for use in class
    a vocabulary list (just the topic heading)
4-6 months:
    making activity choices (expressing wants)
    single word responses to questions
    a second vocabulary list


Maybe someone else out there has done something like this.

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Wed Apr 25, 2007 6:42 am
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