I have been in adult education for the past 11 and a half years, teaching GED and ESL. From 2000 to 2007, I taught GED at the Adelante Adult Education Program which is run by Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans. I'm proud to say that I have helped many students in that institution to get their GED certificates. From the later part of 2007, I was transferred to the Special Education Program of the G. Ssnchez High School, where I helped students who were struggling with their reading as a certified Read Right reading tutor. The next year, I was transferred to the ESL program. I stayed for one year and later joined Interactive Learning Center at Pasadena in 2009. In the same year year, I taught GED at the San Jacinto College. Early in 2010, I joined and am still with Bilingual Education Institute as an ESL instructor.
My tutoring method is based on the principle that a learner will learn faster and better if he/she is taught through his/her strenghts. If the learner can relate new material to matters he/she already knows, then it is easier for him/her to understand and assimilate such new material. For example, I have had students who have problems with the arithmetic operations like adding, subtracting, etc. Once they connect adding to counting (which is adding) and learn that multiplication is short cut addition ( 2 x 4 is actually 4+4 ), they become more relaxed and learn more easily. I have also had students who seem unable to answer questions in history or literature. I later found out that their reading comprehension arose from a difficulty in decoding certain words. I put them on an exercise that improved their ability to decode words, and their performance improved overall.
In this regard, it is important to know the learners strenghts and weaknesses and for this purpose I have devised some exercises that show strenghts and weaknesses.
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