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ESL Vocabulary Strategies

ESL Vocabulary Strategies Written by tutor Ekaterina V. A great number of English learners stumble upon the fact that they just don’t know enough words. The strategies I have gathered here will be useful to a learner of English of any level, from complete beginners to those who have been studying the language for a while. A few of these strategies can be easily used daily without... read more

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Reading Strategies - Learning Vocabulary

Reading Strategies: Learning Vocabulary Written by tutor Beatriz G. The vocabulary dilemma for ESL learners is a big one. A person who has just arrived in the U.S. needs to gain a working vocabulary to be able to function at the most basic levels: go to the doctor, the store, find the right school for the children, get a driver’s license, and the list goes on. Researchers have... read more

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Pronunciation Tips

Pronunciation Tips for ESL learners Written by tutor Pat D. Learning English takes time and effort but the rewards are considerable. With your increased language skills, you can qualify for many more jobs and feel much more comfortable in conversations with your neighbors, co-workers and new American friends. I would like to offer you a few simple suggestions for quickly improving... read more

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Last-Minute Tutoring for Students Falling Behind Poll

The above-referenced subjects include different-aged PreK-College student needs I have experienced at the beginning of each school year since Fall 2010, when I first began tutoring in earnest via WyzAnt, instead of substituting daily for lesser pay in 18 area elementaries in our school district. I am not including higher math (Grade 7 and above) in my math tutoring experience. I also have helped... read more

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Cultural Bias in Online College Courses: This Inequity in Higher Education Should Anger Everyone

My emerging tutoring passion is assisting ESL college students with their coursework. Most of them must also hold full-time jobs to support themselves and often their families as well. Many require online courses to get college educations. They could not earn a college degree any other way. Do textbook publishing companies realize how much cultural bias is written into their online ancillary... read more

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Why It's Not Good to Learn a Language by Translating

Greetings, Today's post deals with a subject that is a quite a controversial subject of discussion among students and their teachers. Generally, students would prefer for teachers to post their Spanish (or any other target language) vocabulary words and then to write the English translations beside them. Unfortunately, according to long-established research by Harvard professor, David Marzano,... read more

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Prepositions and Idioms

Why do we say we're "on the train" or "on the plane"? We're traveling inside the train or plane, aren't we? Why don't we say we're "in the train" or "in the plane"? We don't for the same reason that we do say we're "in the car." But why don't we say we're "on the car?" The car is a mode of transportation like the train and plane, isn't... read more

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Make or Do?

ESL - English as a Second Language In English, some things need to be easy to remember, and my English Learners like this little trick. When you Do something, you can't touch, and when you MAKE something you can ... That is the simplest way to memorize the difference. These two verbs are very similar in meaning. In French or Spanish, there is no distinction between the two... read more

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A quick grammar lesson

It seems to me that even most adults have an issue with grammar. I fairly often see the same mistakes repeated in essays and normal everyday chat. This isn't just an issue associated with younger children with little or no grasp on grammar, it's a common issue that I see even with graduate students. I. First, is the "Their, They're, There" mistake. Their implies ownership... read more

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The TOEFL Test

Many international students have a fear of taking the TOEFL test because it can determine whether they are able to get into the college of their choice. The most important issue to remember is that this is a test of how well you can understand, read, write and speak English. The purpose of the test is to make sure that you have the ability to understand what is going on in the classroom. This... read more

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Trouble with English, Try This...

Are you having, or may have had, trouble remembering the 8 parts of speech? Try the acronym IVAN CAPP: Interjection Conjunction Verb Adjective Adjective Preposition Noun Pronoun The first is “I” for “Interjection.” Interjections are the easiest of the 8 parts of speech to remember. Here are some examples: “Ouch... read more

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English is Easy

I have over five years of experience teaching ESOL abroad. As I wrote in an earlier blog, English is the language of the world. I can illustrate "go" by walking or moving a toy car across a table. Or I may use the word "progress" to speakers of Romance languages. I teach ESOL using the Berlitz method which is highly successful. English is easy! Nouns do not... read more

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Three Important Ideas I Keep in Mind when Tutoring

I have tutored several adults in English as a Second Language through WyzAnt. Over the past year, I have also led an enjoyable, weekly, two-hour adult ESL conversation group at the Brooklyn Public Library. These experiences have some things in common, two of which I'll share here. The best ESL activities ask students to use more than one of the “Four Skills”: listening, speaking, reading,... read more

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Fluency

Dear ESL student: Perhaps you would like my help to improve your English. You have learned to read and write English in your home country. Perhaps you have a solid foundation with a good knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary. I am guessing that you want to be able to speak more naturally and be understood easily in your daily life in America. I am guessing that you would like to... read more

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Correctness

Students often come to us with expectations that we will teach them how to write and speak correctly. Why correctly? Because they know it produces rewards: money, jobs, status. Although the scientific linguist says that correctness is just based on the preferences of the cultural group with the most status, and has no intrinsic merit by itself, still the popular attitude has it right: Correctness... read more

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Practical methods to teach ESL/ESOL students

It is essential to provide students with multiple opportunities to practice activities and connect their learning to their personal and cultural experiences. My lesson plans are designed to tap students' background knowledge, and use visuals, think-alouds and other ways to keep them involved. I modify my instruction to engage ESL/ESOL students with various strategies that include the following:... read more