What is ESL?
ESL is an acronym that is used primarily in educational settings and stands for English as a Second Language. It refers to teaching English to a person whose native or primary language is one other than English. Education laws in the United States require schools to provide ESL instruction in the classroom to any and all enrolled students whose primary language is not English.
The need for ESL programs to help U.S. students achieve educational proficiency standards in school is evident from the 2000 census, which found that close to 1 in 5 United States citizens spoke a language other than English at home. While this does not imply that those people do not also speak English, the census also found that roughly 10% spoke English either less than fluently or not at all.
Great Resources for ESL Students
Sites for Grades PreK-2
Excellent ESL WebsitesWe all know that you need to practice, practice, practice if you want to improve your English. Check out the following ESL links to get additional practice in grammar, reading, writing, vocabulary, and listening skills. These websites are free and you can use them from home. Connect With English Videos
Get extra practice watching the Connect with English video series here Activities for ESL Students
Play games, take quizzes, read grammar, and practice vocabulary Dave's ESL Cafe
Easy to use, lots of activities, including games, quizzes, pronunciation practice, and stories Karin's ESL Partyland
Lots of great ESL activities About.com ESL Guide
Quizzes and tests for different levels; employment opportunities for nonnative speakers ESLAmerica.US
An English language website to practice conversation, vocabulary, grammar, reading, and more AND all of it has sound so you can listen while you practice English Page
For all skills, lots of activities, exchange messages with other students, and ask questions Randall's ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Excellent listening practice Purdue University's Online Writing Lab
A great place to learn more about writing and grammar