Volunteers are a huge asset in the adult English language classroom, but finding time to prepare them to lead activities can be time-consuming for teachers and coordinators. Our ESL Pull-Out Kits are designed to take the burden of volunteer preparation off of classroom teachers by providing volunteers with complete activity instructions and materials for small-group and one-on-one instruction. 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. Once the kits are assembled, teachers only need to provide volunteers with weekly vocabulary words or a copy of the reading text. Everything else that the volunteers need can be found in the kit.
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
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 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.
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.
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.