Meredith Gravett, a student at Brigham Young University working on her Master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), needs your help! She would like at least seven tutors to participate. If you are interested, please contact Project Read.
Meredith describes this research process as follows:
For my project I am writing seven lesson plans for Project Read tutors to use to teach Project Read students about basic college skills. As part of this process, I’d like to conduct an evaluation of the lesson plans, to ensure that they will be as useful to Project Read tutors and students as possible. And who better to evaluate the lesson plans than the tutors themselves!
Participating in the evaluation would have several benefits. You [the tutor] would be making a permanent mark at Project Read, which will be using these lesson plans for years to come. And you would be able to help revise and improve lesson plans that you may use with your students in the future. Additionally, the benefits for the students at Project Read would be great, as these lesson plans will help them gain the skills necessary to accomplish their academic goals.
Participation in the evaluation will require quite a bit of involvement. There will be six college skills lessons that need to be evaluated, including:
1. Textbook Reading Skills
2. Lecture (Listening) Skills
3. Study Organization Skills
4. Test-Taking Skills
5. Computer Skills
6. Time-Management Skills
A US history text will be the context that all of these skills will be taught in. So there will also be a lesson plan for teaching necessary US history terms that will make it easier for Project Read students to use this text. These lessons will be evaluated in 2 stages:
Stage 1: You will teach the US History vocabulary lesson to familiarize your student with the necessary vocabulary. You will also choose one of the college skills lessons to teach. The lesson chosen should be something that the student is interested in learning more about. After teaching the lessons, you will meet with me to answer a questionnaire to give feedback on the lesson plans that you taught. Each lesson will be 1.5–2 hours long, and filling out the questionnaire may take up to 30 minutes.
After Stage 1, all of the lesson plans will be modified according to the feedback from you and other tutors. Then a second stage of evaluation will be conducted to make sure that the modifications to the lesson plans were adequate.
Stage 2: You will again teach one of the college skills lessons to your student. After the first lesson, you and your student can decide what college skill you should focus on next. Additionally, you may be asked to review the modified US History vocabulary lesson plan again, so that the modified lesson plan can be evaluated. This review may take up to 30 minutes. After teaching the lesson, you will meet with me again to answer a questionnaire to give feedback on the lesson plan that you taught. Each lesson will be 1.5–2 hours long, and the time to fill out the questionnaire may take up to 30 minutes.
The total time commitment for you will be between 6.5 and 8.5 hours. Most of these hours will be spent tutoring students, which you already do. And the required time would be spread out over several weeks.
Please remember the great impact that your participation can have in the lives of your student and other students at Project Read.