Tutor Tips

clip art image of a man pointing at a powerpoint presentation with a pointer

Purpose: To learn complex subject matter through a PowerPoint information gap activity. This promotes teamwork within student groups as well as working together as a whole class to become familiar with complex material.

Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

Effective Communication

Skill 1: Engage positively and actively with individuals in both one-on-one and team settings to accomplish goals

Image of red corded phone

Purpose:  To have students gain experience differentiating between closely related sounds that impact their English pronunciation through producing minimal pairs. A minimal pair is a pair of words that differ only by one sound that is in the same position of each word. For example, ship/sheep or bet/bed.

Preparation Time:  5 minutes

Materials Needed:  Five minimal pairs that contain sounds that the students struggle with producing. Examples:

Clip art image of the back of a postcard with a stamp

Purpose:  To practice and review vocabulary, develop writing skills in a low-pressure and fun way.

Preparation Time:  None

Materials Needed:  3x5 index cards, or papers cut to a similar size

Procedure:

1.       Together with the students, generate a list of vocabulary from the current lesson or unit and write it on the board.

2.       Have the class brainstorm a list of different topics that they could write about that could include the vocabulary. Encourage them to be creative.

pile of letter tiles

Thanks to Sheri Lear for sharing this activity!

 

Purpose:  The purpose of this activity is to help students improve decoding skills and improve spelling by attending to discreet phonemic features such as vowel sounds, consonant blends, prefixes and suffixes.  Students use tiles to build words by listening to word chains and adding, taking away, exchanging or mixing up letters as directed by teacher.         

 

Prep Time:  About 10 minutes

 

Male detective wearing a trench coat and a hat holding a magnifying glass up to their left eye

Purpose: To have students use context to find the meaning of words and the main idea of the overall passage.


Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

·         Learning Strategies

o   Skill 3: Apply appropriate strategies to compensate for and fill in gaps in knowledge

§  Sub-skill  c: Use context and what you know to figure out or guess meaning of language

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Male detective wearing a trench coat and a hat holding a magnifying glass up to their left eye

Purpose: To have students use context to find the meaning of words and the main idea of the overall passage.


Transitions Integration Framework category/skill/sub-skill:

·         Learning Strategies

o   Skill 3: Apply appropriate strategies to compensate for and fill in gaps in knowledge

§  Sub-skill  c: Use context and what you know to figure out or guess meaning of language

 

Preparation time: 10 minutes

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.

Pages

   

Subscribe to RSS - Tutor Tips