It takes TIME to get out of ESL

Posted by Lori Goldman on Wednesday, January 29, 2014
It is important that stress is reduced but focus is improved.
Fun = Language Skills

Lord Byng Secondary School says this:
    •    Students typically spend 2-3 years in ESL + 1-2 years in transitional. It is not unusual for students who come in with very limited English to spend an additional 1-2 years in ESL.
    •    A new language takes students up to 7 years to attain fluency.

My advice is this:
Please do not fret if you are not out of ESL immediately. 
This is a process that you are going through. 

You can move faster by doing these:
    •    Join clubs at school - English ones to make friends and practice communication

    •    Do many activities outside the house - community centre courses, skiing or
                   other sports, Boy Scouts/Girl Guides, Robokids, PedalHeads (bicycle classes), etc.with English speakers.

    •    Play English games online.

    •    Read every day harder and harder books - focus on the content, the author's reasons for writing, and vocab. This does not always mean writing stuff down but just paying attention.

    •    Watch movies - English only first time, with English sub-titles the second time.

    •    Write a short journal daily. Write your feelings and ideas. 10 - 15 minutes.  Don't worry about grammar.

    •    Ask your ESL teacher for advice.  Then follow it.  She/He is watching you and waiting for you to speak up.

    •    Plan your time and work in small doses. 20 minutes on one subject at one time is enough. You get tired!!!

    •    Sleep a lot.  That means go to bed early. Not enough sleep = no energy to learn.

Love from you tutor,

About Me

Lori in I got my Bachelor of Education degree in the USA but was born and raised in Canada. Working in Asia and with immigrant adults and children for 26 years has given me insights into the difficulties they face in a new country and school system. I like to help adults adjust to and explore the rich and diverse opportunities in Canada while also supporting them in their challenge of parenting in a new culture. I love to help children learn English, develop skills, and gain confidence to succeed in school and life.


“Don't aim at success. The more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue, and it only does so as the unintended side effect of one's personal dedication to a cause greater than oneself or as the by-product of one's surrender to a person other than oneself. Happiness must happen, and the same holds for success: you have to let it happen by not caring about it. I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it out to the best of your knowledge. Then you will live to see that in the long-run—in the long-run, I say!—success will follow you precisely because you had forgotten to think about it” ― Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning A lack of planning on your part does not constitute and emergency on my part. "Most people don't plan to fail; they fail to plan." ~~John L. Beckley

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