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ERIC Number: ED520901
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
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Reflections on Teaching Social Studies to ESL Students
McBain, Robert
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The study of social studies is an important subject especially if ESL students are to understand the world around them. To study social studies effectively students often need to read texts which are most often at a level only written for native speakers which can be daunting at times and this can often turn into a tedious task but also that they often have to be prepared to read text in more detail to that of other subjects. They need to develop schema to prepare them for reading, together with associated vocabulary, grammar & study questions which are related to these texts. The purpose of this paper was to show that with some thought and imagination some subjects even in the social studies can be enhanced to make learning for students into a more practical experience and it introduces a more student centered approach to an otherwise lecturing style of lesson. The paper offers certain tips and ideas for teaching theoretical aspects of history in particular the aspect of exploitation of Africa's natural resources and effective study skills in the proper use of highlighting when reading texts in ESL study. It also gives ideas in modifying texts to suit the levels of students' English. Finally it shows the effectiveness of mind mapping and the fun students can have when done correctly.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Africa