mmm_words (mmm_words) wrote in linguaphiles,

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Learning English

 Hi everyone, 
I lurk a lot, so I'll do a quick background - I'm 23, L1 AmEng and L2 Spanish.  I teach introductory Spanish in the US public school system.  I lurk a lot because I tend to study other languages superficially, so I don't know answers to questions, I just like to read about them.  

Speaking of questions...This is not the kind of thing I see often in this community, so if I'm way off please let me know.  I have a brand new student in my small, rural, 98% Caucasian, English-speaking middle school.  He is from Puerto Rico and speaks no English.  I am the only teacher in the school who is proficient in a second language, so the student is currently all mine.  I'm currently working on my MA in ESL, but I literally just started this week, so my ability to help in that arena is severely limited.  

So far we've done the alphabet, numbers 1-100, very basic introduction words, Dolch sight words, and we're starting on the verb "to be."  Explicit instruction is not an issue as we communicate well in Spanish.  He's highly motivated to learn English and is doing a great job, despite my own poor teaching.  My school has no ESL materials or policy for treating ELL students, and they're seriously considering giving him Rosetta Stone in lieu of proper English instruction.  I'm really worried about this kid, and I want to do all the right things.  

Could anyone recommend materials, textbooks, websites, curricula for absolute basic beginner English?
Tags: english, recommendations

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