Everybody's Different
Not everyone learns English at the same rate.It is easier for a child, or an adult, to learn English if they have a solid foundation in their native language. English as a Second Language learners, both children and adults, go through five different Stages of Acquisition. They are as follows:
Stage 1: The Silent/ Preproduction Stage
    The stage may last from hours up to six months. the student may not speak, but can respond to other strategies such as pointing to an object, picture or person. May nod yes or no.
Stage 2: The Early Production Stage
    The stage may last an additional six months after the first stage. Students usually have approximately 1,000 active words that they are ableto understand and use. Students usually speak in one or two word phrases.
Stage 3: The Speech Emergence Stage
    This stage may last up to another year. Students usually have 3,000 active words and can use short phrases and simple sentences to communicate. Students begin to use dialogue and ask simple questions.
Stage 4: Intermediate Language Proficiency Stage
Intermediate proficiency may last another year after speech emergence. Students have approximately 6,000 words ans are beginning to make complex statements.
Stage 5: Advanced Language Proficiency Stage
Gaining advanced proficiency in a second language can typically take between five to seven years. Students can speak English using grammar and vocabulary comparable to native speakers of the same age.
Get Cozy With Some Warm Chocolate Chip Cookies!
Try this scrumptious treat!
2 1/4 cups of flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
2 cups of chocolate chips
How to Make It
Step 1
Combine your ingredients in a bowl.  Stir chocolate chips last into mixture.  Drop by rounded tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheets.  
Step 2
Bake for 9 to 11 minutes at 375 degrees.  
Step 3
Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes. 
Then, eat and enjoy!
         A Funny Story
The Chicken Sandwich
I came to the United States with a group of exchange students. At the airport, security officers checked our documents and handbags carefully. Then, they brought trained dogs to check our luggage.
We watched the dogs sniffing our bags for guns or narcotics. Suddenly, one dog stood very still and pointed over my bag. I was so scared! I didn't know how to react.
The officers asked me to open my bag. I didn't know what the dog could have found. When I opened it, the officers started to laugh.
It wasn't guns or drugs. It was a chicken sandwich my mother had wrapped for me to eat on my trip! I had completely forgotten about it! The officers confiscated the sandwich!
Now, whenever I see a chicken sandwich, I can't help but remember and smile!
Avoid Cabin Fever Over the Winter!
Stay in shape by visiting the following websites to keep your English skills top notch.
ESL students....ski on over to these awesome sites. Practice your skills at:
www.yourdictionary.com/esl/How Parents Help Their ESL Children Learn English (click on See all ESL articles) This takes you to many fantastic sites
www.everythingESL.net (this websitehas lots of activities for different grade levels)
www.scholastic.com / Homework Hub: my To-Do List
Storyline online

Have You Heard?
Laughter Is the Best Medicine?
What is the longest word in the English language?
There is a mile between its first and last letters.
Why was the math book so unhappy?
Ans. It was full of problems!
Why did the boy eat his test paper?
Ans. His teacher said it was a piece of cake!
What did one pencil say to another pencil?
Ans.You're looking sharp!