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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... read more

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Welcome,   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: -Successes... read more

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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,... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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... read more

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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 your... read more

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Prepositions Written by tutor Bethany K. Prepositions generally show the relationship between nouns. Think about the relationship between the nouns in this sentence: The guitar is behind the door. One noun (the guitar) is sitting BEHIND the other (the door). So, behind is a preposition. Can you spot the prepositions in these sentences? Consider each noun’s relationship... read more

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Passive Voice Written by tutor Matthew P. English sentences are usually composed in Subject-Verb-Object word order, for example, “The boy loves the girl.” The subject is the noun or pronoun doing the action (in this case, the boy), the verb is the action itself (loves), and the direct object is that to which or whom the action is done (the girl). Writing a sentence in this... read more

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Parts of Speech Written by tutor Suzanne R. There are eight different types of words, commonly referred to as "parts of speech," in the English language. These are: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, conjunctions, prepositions and interjections. Some scholars also consider articles a ninth part of speech, and to be thorough we will consider articles... read more

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Nouns Written by tutor Eileen W. A noun names a person, place or thing. A noun is - to use a slang term – a thingymajig. There are two kinds: concrete, think of the material that makes up a sidewalk. It is touchable, solid, you can jump on it or do something to it. Then there is the abstract type of noun: loyalty, honesty, happiness. You can feel these, think about these, or talk... read more

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Modal Auxiliary Verbs Written by tutor Karina G. For reference for new ESL tutors: Often, ESL books unnecessarily use dense language to convey otherwise simple ideas and grammatical rules. It is important for us to break down that language and teach new grammatical concepts to our students using plain language and easy-to-follow rules. This article is written specifically for ESL... read more

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Irregular Verbs Written by tutor Don M. What makes a verb regular or irregular? What are some of the characteristics of an irregular verb? First, to explain regular verbs. Those are verbs that, when conjugated (that is, they are changed to reflect the correct tense, person, mood, number, etc.), use the same root with a different ending. It then follows that an “irregular verb” changes—sometimes... read more

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Teaching Gerunds and Infinitives to ESL Students Written by tutor Patricia M. Probably one of the most difficult concepts an ESL student has to understand and apply when learning the English language is that of the gerund. Many languages, particularly the Romance Languages (French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, and Romanian, all national languages) have the infinitive forms of their... read more