I specialize in teaching essay structure and style. When I began tutoring, I had a vague idea that I'd work with college students like the friends for whom I'd proofread during university: young Americans who've grown up in a public school system which emphasized group work over individual learning, and who therefore never got a chance to develop their writing skills.
I've certainly worked...
I know that when it comes to boosting one's vocabulary when preparing for one of the standardized tests, some students memorize long lists of words. Some use flashcards, and others might use mnemonic devices--like associating a word with an image.
That's fine if memorization doesn't bore you, but let's face it. Learning those words by "rote" might help...
Ideas for Using Authentic Texts with Low-level ESL Classes
Are you sick of using contrived reading texts and dialogues in your low-level classes? Don't be afraid to bring in authentic reading materials. On top of fostering practical skills, students get a charge out of talking about something real. Here are some suggestions:
Supermarket Ads--There are a lot of possible activities...
ESL Conversation Question - ESL Conversation Practice Lessons
One of the most difficult tasks for ESL teachers is to teach students to converse meaningfully in English. ESL students have been speaking foreign languages for many years, and it may be difficult for them to make the necessary adjustments to speak English comprehensibly and fluently. ESL teachers can help their students communicate...
Modals - Conversation Question Cards
Can you do anything creative? For example, can you sing, dance, play a musical instrument, paint, draw, or write poetry? Name three things you may not do in this class.
What could the opposite sex do to make your life easier?
What are some things you should have done last week, but didn't do? What must you do in your country to obtain a driver's license...
I’m not prone to exaggeration, but when it comes to the words moreover and furthermore, I can safely say that I would rather poke myself in the eye with a sharp stick if it meant that never again would I have to hear them misused in everyday English conversations with Russian speakers.
I see why they come up so often. They both appear, on the surface, to be sweetly analogous to the...
A list of Greetings, Responses to those Greetings, and Farewells. This is a great resource for English Language Learners!
Hello, Manhattan! As you may have noticed, I moved to Manhattan. I hope you would welcome me with more students. Please see my profile for more information. I only would like to add that I am flexible with my schedule. Thank you very much.
From my experience, designing a lesson for one student could be challenging due to not being able to include group or pair-work, which is not only a great way for the students to apply what they have just learned with a fellow classmate allowing them to feel more comfortable to make mistakes but also gives the teacher the opportunity to walk around and listen in and find common errors that can...
We all have one: that one subject that our brains just refuse to understand, and no matter how much we study or how hard we work, we never feel like we really truly GET what is going on.
For me, that subject was always Physics. No junior high or high school teacher could ever answer the unending string of "...but WHY?" questions that I needed answered before I could understand...
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: