adult literacy

Tell me about your holidays

Fireworks

Pretend that you are a visitor to your learner's home country, and that you know nothing about it. Have the months of the year written on a piece of paper, and ask your learner to go through the year and tell about the holidays of each month. You could even break this up and do a different season over four sessions. Talk about the name of the holiday, what it celebrates/commemorates, how people celebrate, what they eat, etc; he or she can even quiz you at the end.

How do I ...?

writing

It is important for learners to know how to write about and verbally explain a process. Have your learner think of something he or she knows how to do that doesn't require a lot of time or materials (example: Origami, darning a sock, doing a card trick). Talk about the process to help generate the necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures, then ask them to write the process for homework.

Lesson Idea: Use a Voice Recorder

Olympus voice recorder

A voice recorder is a great tool to use with your ESL or basic literacy adult learner.

·         Record the same reading on multiple occasions for comparison over time.

·         Send a recording home with your learner for a transcription assignment.

·         Record your learner and immediately play back for pronunciation help.

NEW Resource for ESL tutors and learners

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ESL tutor Steve told us on his monthly report that he found a fun, useful website to use with his ESL learner called Stickyball.net, and we thought we’d pass the word along! 

“The following Website and its free downloads were very useful:  http://stickyball.net/phrasal-verbs.html.  Today I gave her a "final exam" which was fun with three review sheets:

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