ISO ESL Advice
November 9, 2011 4:44 PM Subscribe
Please point me to excellent ESL beginner resources for a really motivated Chinese pupil...
I am a recent ESL volunteer and had a whopping eight hours of training. The literacy council I belong to referred a motivated, enthusiastic student who has very clear goals (1- get a driver's license; 2 - get a job), but language skills that need basic development.
The good news is that she knows the English alphabet, is superb at learning pronunciation, remembering vocabulary and such, but lacks confidence in sentence formation. I think the program recommended by my council is junk ('English No Problem' series) because it's not quite engaging enough. I believe that the Laubach series would be a better place to start.
I also think my once-a-week lesson plan is not succeeding - although it's not failing, it seems, as her American husband believes she's making great progress in English usage...but I don't see it.
The plan I am considering is to teach twice a week (Saturday and Sunday), two hours each class, with successively more elaborate sentences that can be written and spoken, varied upon, and expanded so we continually test limits, but can go back a bit if reinforcement is needed. I'm new to this, and there's little or no guidance from other tutors, or program personnel. I'm hoping you can share your experiences as an ESL tutor, perhaps point me to some resources I haven't been fortunate enough to find yet, or provide other help you think might benefit.
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