Free Resource: ESL Pull-Out Kits

Contents of the MN Literacy Council's ESL Pull-Out Phonics Kit

If you are looking for small group or one-to-one activity ideas for adult ESL learners, take a minute to explore the four different ESL pull-out kits. The kits take time off of teacher and tutor preparation by providing volunteers with complete activity instructions and materials for small-group and one-on-one instruction in four different areas: reading, phonics, pronunciation, and citizenship. The kits also provide structured support to volunteers which helps to develop their confidence, build independence and strengthen their teaching skills.

Each kit addresses a different ESL skill area, such as phonics, pronunciation or citizenship. Download the kit and assemble the listed materials, and then all you need is a reading text or a list of vocabulary words and you have everything that you need to provide high-quality activities.

Each of the kits is a printable PDF that includes:

  • A list of necessary materials
  • Instructions for assembly
  • A tutor log
  • Detailed instructions for a variety of activities
  • Activity expansion suggestions
  • Handouts and supporting materials

Find all four of the downloadable kits here:

Available Kits

Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Kit

English language learners at many levels need additional assistance with building their phonetic awareness and strengthening their phonetic decoding abilities. The Phonics and Phonemic Awareness Kit provides a variety of activities that can be used with low-beginning to high-intermediate levels of English language learners.


Pronunciation Kit

Pronunciation is an area that many learners are interested in, but it can be difficult for volunteers to know how to approach instruction in this area. The Pronunciation Kit provides activity instructions for a wide variety of activities that focus on helping learners improve their pronunciation of English suprasegmentals (intonation, rhythm, stress, etc.). The activities in this kit can be used with low-beginning to advanced level English language learners.


Citizenship Kit

N-400 Form

In order to successfully prepare for and pass the citizenship class, learners need to practice a wide variety of skills, including conversational English, interviewing, the 100 civics questions, and reading and writing civics sentences. Many learners need more assistance than a teacher is able to provide in a citizenship class, especially in the last couple of months before their interview. The Citizenship Kit provides volunteer tutors with all of the materials that necessary to help learners prepare for all portions of the citizenship interview, as well as activity ideas to challenge learners and keep them engaged as they study one-on-one with a tutor.


Reading Kit

Having learners practice reading skills in small group pull-out sessions is an excellent way for learners to get individualized attention so that they become stronger readers. The Reading Kit contains pre-reading activities to help learners develop their reading strategies, reading fluency activities so that learners can become more fluent and confident in how they interact with texts, and post-reading activities to increase comprehension and understanding.



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