Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Some ideas on ESL summer homework

As promised, here you are some ideas on summer homework for the ESL class.

But before that, let me mention that I had a very interesting comment on my previous post: "About summer homework" made by Ana Garcia. (May you find interesting to have a look to her blog: Close your books, with resources for secondary students, teachers and families.

Homework: Help or Hassle?

She pointed out that we (in Spain) have got a long summer vacation and most of the children waste their summer time in front of computers, Wiis, TV or other technical gadgets. So, there is nothing bad about reviewing what they really have done for 30 to 60 minutes a day.

Probably, we must strongly think to change the traditional summer homework by using new technologies. We can engage and motivate children if we use the same tools they use in their daily lifes. At this moment only technology (or travelling to an English speaking country) can provide an extra exposure to English! And parents (in general people above thirties in my country) have a very poor average of English language... so, we can not count on them to help children at home!

Let's think about it!

Here you are a short list of links, you can suggest parents or students, to work English language at home.  

Activities for Summer School ESL by Judie Haynes
"Teaching summer school is often a challenge because the range of English language ability and grade levels in a single class can be very broad. You may find yourself with a mix of students who are not literate in native language with those who are. Second graders may be placed with 5th graders; non-English speakers with intermediate English language learners"
You can download some worksheets and activities based in a summer topic

Jobs, worksheets, and Flashcards for the ESL and TEFL Teacher.

Summer Reading: English Language Learners at the Library By: Kristina Robertson (2007).  A very interesting article about the importance of summer reading and some hot links about it.

Colorín Colorado is a free web-based service that provides information, activities and advice for educators and Spanish-speaking families of English language learners (ELLs).

Activities for primary and elementary level school kids. There are lots of lessons with videos or downloadable Powerpoint with embedded sounds. All the work has been done. Just let the children see it, hear it and say it. These lessons will easily teach (or review) new words (vocabulary), spelling, reading, listening, pronunciation and speaking. If you are a teacher or parent, this makes teaching your kids SO EASY!!!

Hobbies, Activities, Holiday Fun English vocabulary, printable worksheets... This page has printable vocabulary exercises related to hobbies, holidays and fun activities. Look at the worksheet and description and decide which one to print. Click on the thumbnail to print.

This summer will be held The Olympic Games in London. Why don't we take benefit of this?

If you are you looking for a summer reading list for your children or teens, here you are a selection of 2012 summer reading lists. These lists of recommended children's books and young adult books are generally organized by grade level. Many of the elementary reading lists include children's picture books. Many of the middle school reading lists include a mix of middle grade fiction and nonfiction and young adult books. You'll find both classics and recently published books here.

Have you got some more interesting web sites to work independetly ESL? Please share!


  1. Homework is very essential thing for everyone and especially for beginners because it provide practice and guidance for them.So that they will not face any kind of problem in future with higher section's topics.Generally children takes homework as a burden but it is very essential for them.They need some practice and daily guidance so that they can understand the topic.Teachers has to jut take care of this thing that they should not give it in bulk.And parents also take care of the kids assignments and the strss related to it. cbse textbooks for class 9

  2. Great post Enric! Thanks for the invitation to my blog!