Tutor Tips

Two stick figures speaking to each other

Purpose: To get learners up and moving, relaxed and practicing their vocabulary.

Preparation time: 5 minutes, if you have the flashcards from earlier in your unit.

Materials needed: A few sets of the picture cards you are already using for your unit.

Choose a topic T-chart like/dislike

Activity name: T-Chart

Thanks to Ellie Purdy for sharing this tip!

Purpose: to practice vocab, categorize info, use effective communication skills, and have fun.

Preparation time: 5 minutes, if you already have flash cards ready

Materials needed: T-chart with two categories that fit your unit topic such as Clinic/Emergency Room, Winter/Summer, Rooms/Furniture, or Perishable/Not Perishable; flashcards/word cards from the unit of study

A class of beginning level adult ESL students read together off of the board

Adult ESL Training Videos

Looking for some free, high quality videos about teaching English to adult immigrants? New American Horizons offers twelve free videos of teachers working in classes with ESL students. The videos include numerous activity ideas as well as classroom management and teaching methodology recommendations. All of the videos are available on their site: http://www.newamericanhorizons.org/training-videos. Many of the videos are of teachers and learners right here in Minnesota! 

The cover of the new book Journeys: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing, 2016

Journeys 2016: An Anthology of Adult Student Writing will be available on May 26! In its 27th year, Journeys 2016 collects and showcases short written pieces by 600 Adult Basic Education learners from every corner of Minnesota and from more than 60 countries of origin. Their written pieces are personal, humorous, tragic, and inspirational.

Picture of numbers 1 through 10

Purpose: Building numeracy skills and practicing the spelling of numbers while reading information from a table

Preparation time: 5 minutes

Materials needed: whiteboard, several pieces of paper

Prep:

1. Prepare a poll question.  Choose something related to a class theme or an issue currently being discussed in class.  The question should yield a division of the students.  Example: “Do you like        winter?”

Hand holding a card

Purpose: to practice the meanings of vocabulary words

Prep Time: 0-20 minutes, depending on availability of the materials

Materials: sets of about 10 word cards—either with text or a picture on each card

Prep: gather the materials

reading and thinking

Have you ever been asked to pull a small group of students out of class and lead them in a reading lesson? How much lead time did you get? If the answer is, “not much,” then the following suggestions can help.

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If you are working with a student who is struggling to make progress, you may wonder if that student has a learning disability. While there is no official diagnostic test for learning disabilities in adult English learners, there are strategies you can try to see if they help.

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Activity Name:  Categorizing Months, Days and Years

Purpose:  to practice vocabulary for months, days and years, while using critical thinking skills

Preparation time:  enough time to cut up attached word cards (1 set per pair of students) and place them in envelopes, 20 minutes

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Many classes are wrapping up writing assignments to submit their writing to be published in Journeys in time for the February 1st deadline. What can a tutor do to support a student who is working on a writing task?

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