I was asked once by a Japanese ELL (English Language Learner) how she could improve her speaking. I told her that if you want to improve then you need to speak! Talk to everyone. Don't worry if you screw up or if your pronunciation isn't perfect. The only way to become better at speaking a language, and to gain confidence, is to practice.
How does an ELL...
Are you an ESL learner who needs help with crafting a solid thesis statement? Please check out this very informative website with useful video explanations that break down what a thesis statement is, what a good thesis statement looks like, and why the United States uses this style of academic writing (linear logic).
It does happen sometimes- you've met a new student once, or twice, and they don't return. There are many possible reasons for this; it could be the tutor's approach, the student's expectations, or other external factors. This happened to me recently, despite all my tutoring experience, and I'll explain why. This college student came to me two days before an essay was due, with a poor first draft...
Here is a practice worksheet lesson for you to view
These worksheets cover the topics of shopping for clothes, food measurements, ordering food at a restaurant, going to the gym, and visiting...
This coming school year, commit to finding resources on campus or in your school to help you succeed. As and English as a second language student, it is vital that you find people who can support your learning.
If you are in college, your internationals student center, local religious organizations, or student volunteer groups may offer English conversation practice or writing help...
Radio shows are a great way to practice listening to spoken English. Many radio shows post their episodes online and also include the text of the show. This way you can both listen to the show and also read the show. Reading the text allows you to check your understanding of what you heard. In addition to practicing listening skills, this is also a great way to learn new vocabulary. Below are...
This is an outline of activities that may be used to complete an oral assessment of a new student’s familiarity with the English language...
1. Make sure your students know the differences between a summary and a paraphrase. Students can fill in the blanks without really comprehending or being able to paraphrase. If your book is mainly focused on writing and listening exercises, it’s up to you to bring it to life and relatable. Tie in all aspects of reading, listening, writing, and speaking. Don’t isolate each component too much. Peer...
This digital space will serve as a journal, an archive, and a vat of advice or conclusions from my tutoring experiences. I'm setting out today to begin actively pursuing tutoring opportunities through Wyzant's program, hoping to connect with students in the Decatur, GA area who are searching for some language help.
What to expect in the posts to come:
I am a NYS Certified and accomplished teacher with unique skills in enabling students of all ages to feel free to express themselves in the foreign language, building fluency and confidence with each lesson. Students feel comfortable working with me one on one. I have taught grammar, phonics and vocabulary, reading and writing with much fun and success through the use of sitcom television shows,...
Here are more websites that I have sent to students after lessons for extra practice:
Here are some vocabulary activities you can do for homework. Just study the words where they give you the answers. You can't do the whole activity because you don't have classmates. You could do them with a friend though:
Study these animal idioms (expressions, sayings). Think about...
I am a tutor for students requesting help with English as a Second Language. As part of the homework, I have sent out emails with the following websites for the students to practice on:
Here is a website you can test your English with. It scores it and gives links to other websites that will teach you lessons on the topics. It looks really great but some of the links don't...
One of my favorite tools to use when starting lessons with students is Facebook. It's great because most students have smart phones and can open the app right there. And, you get your students to talk about people they know, or people they would like to know more about (celebrities and such). For my Spanish students, we open up a friend's page and just like that we create sentences and ask questions...
PORTUGUESE: the language of BIG BRAZIL!
BRAZIL: the land of SOCCER!
SOCCER: love it or hate it, it is a worldwide passion!
Brazilian Portuguese is FUN: and Brazilians are all about fun, soccer, beautiful places to visit, friends to make!
Even if you are all about business, BRAZIL is the land of opportunity! (Check it out, Google it!)
All students who live in Queens and want to learn English please get in touch with me through my profile. Thank you very much.
If you are struggling to encourage a reluctant reader to read for at least 30 minutes per day, this website may help. I began using this with Beginning English as a Second Language (ESL) students but have found that it also works well for K-6 readers as well. Here are the instructions for accessing this FREE site:
Go to http://larryferlazzo.com/englishbeg...
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 much...
What is a verb?
Written by tutor Nancy W.
A verb is a word that expresses “action, state, or a relation between two things, and that may be inflected for tense, aspect, voice, mood, and to show agreement with their subject or object” according to dictionary.com
So, what does that actually mean?
A verb helps us tell us what (a type of action or state of being) and when something...
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 varied...