The Reading Program was originally created for native English speakers to assist with adult literacy. However, since its launch in April 2010, non-native English speakers have also taken advantage of the Reading Program’s educational content.
To respond to this need, GCFLearnFree.org chose to restructure the Reading Program in an effort to create an ESL-specific learning track. Existing learning tools from the program were identified that would best help students practice their English and master common English vocabulary.
The GCFLearnFree.org ESL program is not a complete, start-to-finish English course. It is meant to be an additional resource for students who already speak some English and have a basic understanding of English grammar.
ESL students can choose to begin the program in Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Korean, and Chinese or, if not a speaker of one of these languages, students can choose the “Simple English” learning path. After the student navigates the program’s initial interface, the student will encounter total English immersion within the learning tools.
Utilizing various educational tools, the GCFLearnFree.org ESL program allows learners to see images and videos of words, hear them used in sentences and paragraphs, and practice matching words and sounds. Everything is self-paced and self-directed so that students can choose to focus on the areas that are most important and relevant to learn.
To learn more about the GCFLearnFree.org ESL Program, please visit http://www.gcflearnfree.org/
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