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University of Missouri
For the past two years I have volunteered in an English as a Second Language course sponsored by the local community college. I have enjoyed working one on one and with groups of students from Latin America, Europe and Asia. I love the variety and nuances of the English language and recognize how difficult it can be for a non-native speaker to acquire the skills to read, write and speak it well.
My tutoring would depend on what the individual student's needs are. There will always be elements of reading, writing and speaking but each student may require specialized instruction. For example, one person may need skills in reading a newspaper or online advertisements for jobs or items for sale. Another person may want to learn how to shop better and improve his or her vocabulary about various items, such as food or clothing. Still another may be employed in a service capacity and wants to learn how to deal with a public who speaks only English. Depending on the specific requirements, I would adjust the tutoring accordingly.
I have studied French, German, Russian and Spanish at various times in my life, and came to love the idiosyncrasies and beauty inherent in each one. I believe that studying them also helped me to better understand my own native tongue. I would greatly enjoy sharing my knowledge to assist my students to communicate better, write and speak more accurately, and understand and appreciate the wonders of the English language. For the past two years I have volunteered in an English as a Second Language course sponsored by the local community college. I have enjoyed working one on one and with groups of students from … Read more
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I am now in my third year of assisting students learning English as a second language at my local community college. The native languages of the students include Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Ukrainian, and Farsi. Ages of the students range from 18 to over 70. The English skills of the students range from barely understanding common words and phrases to being quite good in vocabulary, sentence formation, and pronunciation.
My goals during class consist of the following:
Assist each student to become more competent with the English language in the areas of reading, writing, speaking and comprehension.
Make each student more comfortable when talking in everyday conversations.
Identify the specific goals that each student wants to reach during his or her time in ESL classes.
Work with each student at his or her own pace to accomplish the student's goals.
Methods I have used to achieve these goals include:
Use of workbooks that provide basic vocabulary about such subjects as names of food items, clothing, occupations and so on.
Reading short stories and following up with questions and discussion to verify understanding.
Playing various games that demonstrate the students' skills in written and oral communication.
No matter at what level each student starts the ESL class, I have found each of them to possess a strong desire to become better at speaking, reading and writing English. It brings me a great sense of accomplishment whenever I can help a student to become better equipped to deal with situations in which English is the primary language of the other speakers.