A think-aloud activity helps a student to make the very important leap from reading words to comprehending the meaning. A think-aloud activity consists of reading a short passage aloud and then describing your thoughts about the passage or answering a list of set questions.
Some questions to answer may include:
· What were the most important points?
· Do I have a clear [Read on...]
Language immersion is a tried and proven method for learning a second language. Many ESL students speak their native languages at home and/or at work. Encourage theses students to take their pursuit of mastering the English language to their homes and work places.
One way to do this is to give small assignments for the student to accomplish between tutoring sessions. [Read on...]
Keeping a teacher’s log can be an effective tool for tutors by providing an easy and effective way to document and track students’ progress. By taking time in class to make quick notes about the students’ progress, tutors will have an external memory source to use when preparing for subsequent lessons with students. Having a structured means of creating a [Read on...]
We all have interests in this life whether it is video games, Barbie’s, sports, wedding dresses, or model airplanes. Countless hours go into things that interest us the most. We are well versed in these things and dedicate time to them. We are passionate about our interests; nobody needs to pull our leg to devote time to them. Likewise, students [Read on...]
As students continue in their individual learning process, there will inevitably be questions that tutors are unable to answer. Learners obviously look up to their teacher a great deal and so this may pose a difficult situation. When this occurs, there are a few things tutors should do in response to keep the trust of the student without providing them [Read on...]
Teaching is most effective when the learner is ready to learn. Otherwise, teaching efforts may feel fruitless or like banging your head against a closed door. This proves tortuous and uncomfortable for both the student and teacher. Once our students understand they need the valuable lessons taught to them by patient tutors, the learning process will accelerate. In other words, [Read on...]
“The [individual] who can recognize on sight 8 of the 10 words in the sentence before him can read that sentence and, generally, decode the remaining words by means of context, phonics, or illustrations. Most importantly, he can understand its meaning!” says the website picturemereading.com.
Most of us realize the importance of knowing sight words. Instant sight word recognition helps students [Read on...]
One of the most difficult parts of the writing process is getting started, and in no case is this truer than with beginning writers. Recognizing this, Natalie Goldberg, in her book Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within, gives potential writers some simple but intriguing tips to get them started. These tips include the following:
Keep your hand moving, don’t [Read on...]
Comprehension is an essential aspect of literacy. Each of the strategies listed below helps your learner read a paragraph, figure out how to better understand it and take action to remedy difficulties. Try several suggestions in different strategies until you determine what works best with your student.
After reading a paragraph, ask your learner to:
Summarize it while scanning it. Summarize [Read on...]
The purpose of this game is to explore and discover the “rules” of sentence formation. The procedure is simple and doesn’t require any prep time:
Write a simple sentence on a whiteboard, such as “It’s a book”. Have the student suggest one or two words, or a phrase, which can be added to the sentence.
The student writes in the new word [Read on...]