English-as-a-Second Language Tutor Training Kit

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Link: http://www.nald.ca/clr/ttk/ttm/TTKTTM.pdf
By: Myrina Rutten-James
Org: Regina Public Library
Date: 2003

This manual provides a useful overview and introductory guide for ESL tutors.

A Learner-Centred Approach to Tutoring Adult ESL Learners

The way in which you tutor an ESL learner may be very different than the way in which you were taught in grade school or university. Often, in a classroom setting, the teacher makes decisions regarding the information that is covered and the skills that are developed. However, adults learn best when they can make decisions regarding what materials or strategies should or should not be taught. When tutoring an adult learner, it is important that all the activities and content be learner-centred. Learners should be full participants in the learning process. Decisions should be made with the learner, not for the learner.

Additional Downloads

English-as-a-Second Language Facilitator Training Manual [Adobe Acrobat PDF format - 4 MB, 278 pages] - a complementary guide designed to give volunteers some basic tools for tutoring ESL learners in a short period of time, and to make the lives of facilitators a bit easier by providing ready-to-use overheads and additional handouts.

Components of the ESL Tutor Training Manual

  • The Tutor Training Manual provides some basic teaching strategies for reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • The manual promotes a learner-centred approach.
  • The manual is divided into eight sessions, with topic overviews:
  • Session 1: Understanding the Context
  • Session 2: Culture and Communication
  • Session 3: The Learner
  • Session 4: Integrated Teaching Strategies
  • Session 5: Teaching Strategies (Part I)
  • Session 6: Teaching Strategies (Part II)
  • Session 7: Speaking and Pronunciation
  • Session 8: Lesson planning
  • Additional resources will be suggested throughout the manual, should tutors be interested in learning more about a topic of interest.
  • Not all the information presented may be applicable to each ESL learner. Some of the teaching strategies discussed are more useful for beginner learners, while others are more appropriate for advanced learners. Additional consultation with your tutor trainers/facilitators may be necessary after the tutoring process has started.
  • Learners may respond to some of the strategies provided but will not progress as well when tutors take a different approach. This is natural; not all learning strategies work well for all learners all of the time. Some time will need to be spent getting to know the ESL learner and finding what works for them. Tutoring is a learning process for both tutors and learners.
  • Some learners may have different issues than many Euro-Canadian learners. For example, culture shock and homesickness can be significant problems that affect not only the ability to learn, but may also affect an individual?s physical and mental well-being. Other issues, such as motivation and energy levels, affect learners regardless of how near or far from home they may be living. Additional material regarding these issues and how these issues may be addressed are also highlighted in the manual. Once again, additional assistance may be necessary. Do not hesitate to contact program personnel should problems arise.

Language: English

Format: This manual is available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format [2.7 MB, 256 pages].