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LEARNING TIPS

JULY 2008 TUTOR LUNCHEON
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What further support would you like to receive as a Tutor?

  • We now have Upgraded Citizenship materials.
  • New intermediate/advanced grammar materials.
  • Audio CD’s, CD players, audio books, pronunciation tapes, tape players-Donations?
  • Student computer with internet access. We have ordered a few CDs.
  • Easy to read short books with reading level 2/3
  • More interesting short novels, 2/3 level.
  • Tutor workshops to share ideas; Attend our Tutor Coffees.
  • Refresher training sessions; Long-timers could sit in on a current training session, for a refresher course, and share their knowledge as well.

“Ah-ha” moments/ What didn’t you expect as a Tutor, and how did you deal with the unexpected?

  • Realized at first meeting that my student knows more English than I thought.
  • My student knows the alphabet but pronunciation of vowel sounds is really confusing for her.
  • Realized my student wasn’t understanding what he was reading.
  • I didn’t expect his ability to read English words to be so limited. Conversely his ability to think and speak in English was surprisingly better than I expected.
  • My student reads and pronounces well, but she has no idea what the words mean, like “big and small”. I have to start over.
  • Prep time was longer than I expected. I know it will probably decrease as I become more familiar with material.
  • My student told me sometimes “gringos” say mean things to him. I told him not all of us feel that way. I told him it’s okay to respond to them in a calm measured tone.
  • My student could not remember the word “fork”. I pointed to the tines of the fork and counted them: 1, 2, 3, 4’ork”. She laughed and now knows the word.
  • My student doesn’t know the alphabet in English or Spanish. He has very little education. I take alphabet in small steps.
  • Connecting with student on an English word or phrase; “bun” as in hamburger bun. My student’s a cook, and he was calling buns “bread”.
  • I expected to be more focused on “the lesson”, but then life entered and real issues (such as driving school) had to be dealt with.
  • Encourage student to be on time, to be so motivated, to know more conversational English.
  • “Ah ha” moment: when my student figured out how to get a live scan of his fingerprint to Mexico to renew his driver’s license. He’s more resourceful than I am!
  • Taking the “L” out of the words “walk” and “talk” for pronunciation: “wok” and “tok”.
  • Having my student “teach me”.
  • I didn’t expect my student to be so advanced. I’m still trying out different materials to get to the right level.
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