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Topic: English as a Second language (ESL)

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Subject: English as a Second language (ESL)
Date Posted: 4/28/2009 9:06 AM ET
Member Since: 11/18/2006
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We adopted our 4 year old son from Ethiopia and he's been home two months. His grasp of the English language is amazing and his vocab is great. But I need some professional opinions. He is scheduled to do preschool in the fall. Do you recommend special ESL classes or just do regular ABC/phonics like kids who've heard English from the beginning?

Amharic (Ethiopian language) puts the verb at the END of the sentences. It's to cute to hear "Samuel with daddy go"! and other sentences of that kind!

Subject: ESL classes
Date Posted: 5/3/2009 9:21 PM ET
Member Since: 3/8/2008
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Stacey,

I would.  I doesn't hurt to have him recieve small group instruction.  Keep open communication with the ESL teacher.  If it turns out he doesn't really need it, you can always turn down the services at a later time.

Date Posted: 5/5/2009 6:51 PM ET
Member Since: 9/15/2007
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Stacey,

I am a school psychologist and i definitely think you should have him in ESL! Like Imelda said, if he is successful he doesn't have to stay, and it won't do him any harm to be in there. :-)

Good luck and congratulations on your new addition!!