Learning English as a second language can be hard, but it doesn’t have to be tedious and boring. When it comes to ESL for kids, it’s even more important to keep things fresh and fun. That’s why these ESL resources are tailored to kids and their special ability to have fun while learning.
U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services: This government website helps search for ESL classes throughout the U.S.
ESL Directory: Enter your location here to find ESL schools anywhere in the world.
ESL Tutors: From Care.com, these tutors post their qualifications and their hourly fees upfront.
Wyzant: Wyzant offers some of the most highly qualified ESL tutors in the United States.
Chegg Tutors: These ESL tutors work with you online, so your child can learn and practice from anywhere in the world.
Kids ESL Materials
ESL Flashcards: Print these flashcards to learn verbs, animals, weather and more.
ESL Kid Stuff: This resource offers lesson plans, worksheets and flashcards for $29/year. Some lesson plans are available for free.
Start Reading for Children: These short stories introduce kids to the English language. They start off as simple paragraphs and progress to chapter-style short stories.
Starfall: Starfall is an educational company that focuses on kindergarten-level reading skills. Although Starfall is not designed specifically for ESL, its simplicity and age-focus makes it a wonderful resource.
LeapFrog: These educational tablets have been around for decades and are a great, fun way to teach ESL students. LeapFrog wins bonus points for including math, science and other subjects, too.
ESL Children’s Videos
6 Best ESL Kids Videos: From FluentU.com, this article outlines the best videos used in ESL classrooms around the world.
ELF Kids YouTube: These children’s videos are designed specifically for ESL learners.
The Essential ESL App Guide: This guide breaks down 100 of the most helpful ESL mobile apps, including grammar and dictionary resources.
British Council Learn English Kids: This mobile app provides animated videos with English captions to help ESL students.
Learn English for Kids: For a more interactive experience, this app provides lessons by category and offers fun games for reinforcement.
Duolingo: Duolingo is one of the most popular language learning apps available for both iOS and Android devices.
Memrise: Here’s another popular language learning app used by millions of people. Memrise is best for older or more advanced ESL students.
Here Are Our Additional Tips For Kids Learning English As A Second Language.
Watch and listen to as much English content as possible. This method is known as “immersion.” The sources don’t have to be specifically formulated for ESL learning, either. Even just throwing on a classic Disney film will help your kids learn the language more intuitively.
Set goals for your child and celebrate their accomplishments. You can make it as simple as mastering a set of flashcards or memorizing the alphabet. Harder goals for older students may include reading a story aloud or writing one of their own. Have the child help choose the goal, a time frame in which to achieve it, and a reward upon completion.
Be wary of perfectionism. Mastery of a new language comes with time and practice. Now is not the time to aim for straight A’s. Practice makes perfect, and practice involves plenty of mistakes! If your child is afraid to make a mistake, they’ll be afraid to practice.
Try to spend at least 10 minutes per day practicing English in some form or another. It does not always have to be a worksheet disguised as “fun.” Allow kids to explore the language through movies, YouTube videos, music, and books catering to their own interests.
Find a friend or family member who speaks fluent English to help with conversation. It’s one thing to be able to read and write in English or even to understand someone who speaks English. However, coming up with the words, syntax and pronunciation requires a different set of skills that must be practiced consistently.
Don’t be afraid to seek out ESL group classes for your child. Apps and worksheets at home are useful, but a classroom setting is designed for efficient learning. Many ESL schools offer tuition assistance to help families who could not otherwise afford it.
Check with your child’s school to see if they have ESL classes, resources or references to assist your child.
Consider working with a private tutor. They can help pinpoint and correct mistakes that are making it harder to advance. Tutors are also perfect for learning conversational English. Many ESL children benefit immensely from the one-on-one help in addition to the education they get in a classroom setting.
If your child really seems to be struggling, have him or her evaluated by a professional. It’s possible