Wednesday, July 24, 2013

How Many Hours Does It Take to Learn English?

This article here from the BBC looks at how long it can take immigrants to the Uk to learn 'fluent' English.

Figures from this article say that  '726,000 people in England and Wales said they could not speak English well, and another 138,000 said they did not speak it at all.'

Factors impacting the time to learn English are quoted as:

  • Age of the individual
  • Number of languages already spoken
  • Literacy and education in mother tongue
  • Exposure and interaction with native English speakers
  • Access to classes

Monday, July 1, 2013

News in Levels - Great site for English Learners

News in Levels - Great Early Morning Starter

This website has news articles supported with a choice of three different levels of text; each level has increasingly difficult structure and vocabulary.

Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo for highlighting this great resource.

Ideal for an early morning starter, with children asked to access the site with buit in differentiation and then coming together for a class discussion before starting the day. The news articles are also supported by videos and audio.

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