I would like to know if anyone can make suggestions on tutoring students where ESL Thanks
Nancy, I have tutored a number of English language learners, both children and adults. I usually structure my one-hour lessons in thirds. The first third is devoted to reading. I use texts the students can read for pleasure, if possible. Of course, if the student needs to read certain material as a part off his/ her coursework, I use that text. I usually take turns reading with the student by pages or paragraphs, depending on the student's reading endurance. We pause frequently to discuss vocabulary and check for comprehension. I find asking the student to tell me in his/her own words the content of that page or paragraph is very effective. The second third of the lesson is devoted to grammar and writing activities. I especially like tandem writing where one of us writes the first sentence of a story, and the other writes the second sentence. We alternate sentences and see where the story takes us! It is easy and non-threatening to edit and correct one sentence at a time by erasing and making the correction--NO red pens! The last third of the lesson is always a game. Even my adult students relish this part of the lesson. You can use purchased language games or games you develop that are skill-specific. Getting the students up and moving during the game is also a good thing. Last, encourage, praise, and enjoy! You can't be too lavish in your praise, and making tutoring enjoyable helps increase the student's comfort level and desire to learn.