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How to help a struggling English student.

I previously identified some vocabulary errors of a university prep class ESL student. ( as evident in one of the essays, please find this attached along with information on the class/learning profile)

Now I decided to find and design materials/activities to help this learner work on one of the areas of weakness he presents.( vocabulary, words in this case), as I believe university prep students would benefit from improving their vocabulary for all the essays they will be writing in university

I need at least 2 activities:
One of these activities can be from a coursebook/workbook/resource book/internet. But for the other activity, Can you design yourself?

Can you explain the reasons why you chose/designed these activities

making reference to the learnerâ??s preferred learning styles (please refer to the attached document) and bear this and their previous learning experience in mind when choosing/designing activities.

Can you also refer to background reading you did for this posting by including at least one or more quotations




For the suggested activities:
Please attach a sourced copy of all suggested activities.

Please Remember to:
â?¢ find one activity from a published source and design one of your own
â?¢ show an awareness of the learnerâ??s background, previous learning experiences and learning style
â?¢ give a clear rationale for your choice of activities
â?¢ include at least one of more quotations to show evidence of your background reading.


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The attached vocabulary worksheet that I designed and use with my students deals with discrimination of homophones - words that are spelled differently and have different meanings, but that are pronounced similarly, and/or look similar. These words are often misused in student essays, especially at the secondary school level. It is one of the most common errors students make.

Your student is demonstrating several errors with English grammar and diction (proper word choice). There are several worksheets which could target a number of their weaknesses.

Another activity for vocabulary practice can be found at the Web URL:
www.tlsbooks.com/englishworksheets.htm - these are for younger students

www.usingenglish.com/handouts/ - for ESOL students

www.esltower.com/vocabularyteachers.html - ESOL



www.eslhq.com/forums/worksheets/esl-worksheets/ - ESOL grammar

Search Google using the phrases "worksheets for students" and "worksheets for ESOL students" to find lots of good suggestions. Premade worksheets for skill acquisition will help save the teacer tiem, as it eats up enormous amounts of planning time to create these from scratch.

The one previously designed worksheet, derived from the Web (means it has been published) I particularly chose for your assignment is located at URL:
This worksheet helps students discriminate between adjectives and adverbs.

Some good quotes come from the following article at URL: ...

Solution Summary

Discussion of how to address a particular ESOL student's weaknesses in grammar, and diction (word choice). Suggestions of at-home and in-class interventions.