ESL – English as a Second Language
ESL, or English second language, refers to people, using or learning English, whose native tongue is different. Teaching English as a second language – ESL, is something that requires a lot of patience and knowledge. The tasks facing the ESL teacher are many. English second language students need to practice both writing and speaking skills and the ESL teacher is required to find ways in which students can practice and polish their English. But as some classes will have as many as twenty or even thirty ESL students, teaching English as a second language while paying attention to the specific needs of each student is not always simple.
If you think of thirty English second language students sitting in the same class, each one with specific learning needs, you may reach the conclusion that assisting each and every one of them is virtually impossible. Some ESL students may have more difficulties with grammar while others may have severe spelling mistakes. Some ESL students may find it very difficult to express themselves coherently while speaking, others will have pronunciation problems.
In order to find ways to assist each and every one of your ESL students, sometimes during a short period of time, you need the right assistive technology tools.
Assistive technology can help you to pay close attention to the specific learning process of each and every one of your English second language students. While teaching English as a second language, you can have your students work with an automatic grammar and spelling correction tool. The grammar and spelling correction tool will also monitor all the errors each one of your students is making. Then, it will present you with personal reports, detailing the strengths and weaknesses of each one of your students.
It would take the English as a second language teacher many hours to go over a written assignment and analyze her student’s mistakes. By receiving computerized reports that present frequent errors and analyze them, the ESL teacher can determine immediately what to recommend her students in order to further advance their learning process. The students may also use the online correction grammar and spelling tool outside of the classroom and install it on their home computer. That way, they can practice and self improve out of the classroom to make sure the English language becomes a part of their day to day lives.