by Sally Tiven, English Tutor
Now that NALC staff has brought you together, blessed the union, and provided the book, it's time to select a venue for the dual endeavor of English study and cultural coaching.
You may be surprised to learn that Target is the preferred study hall of several of my English learners. First, consider the stimulating coffee fumes from the in-house Starbucks, next the proximity to aisles of low priced items that serve as a reward, real or imaginary, to a productive session. And it's not unusual to encounter friends who stop by our carrel to introduce themselves, thereby providing additional conversation partners for the ...
by Yoon Kim, English Learner
Panera is the most favorite place to meet my teacher to study English. The atmosphere is casual and coffee and soup are so good. Also I can get credit on my Panera card so often I get free coffee or pastry.
If I were in the library, I would have to keep silent and be considerate of other readers. Naturally my voice is loud so I'm afraid it will interrupt other people. That's why Panera is a very comfortable place for me.
by Anhminh, English Learner
I like to take the lesson with my tutor, Sally, at the Bruegger's on White Bridge Road. It's not too far from my house or my teacher's. This is a cozy and friendly place. The seating has a little privacy so I can practice speaking English or I can read some aricles out loud so my teacher can listen and can correct me. I feel comfortable when I study there, so every time Sally asks me "Where will we meet today?" I always say, "The Bruegger's."
by Aida, English Learner
I like to study with tutor Sally because she helps me a lot to improve my English. I love to meet her at the Harding Place YMCA weekly. I prefer to have the meeting at this place for the following reasons:
We have a quiet table where we can sit.
I have to come to the YMCA because my kids have a Tae Kwon Do class and also my husband likes to exercise. Therefore, I have time to sit with my tutor. The whole family comes in one car to the Y, so I don't have to drive separately to meet my tutor.
Sometimes my teacher, Sally, brings an educational game to play with my whole family. Since we have started to play that game, my ...
Sometimes it can be difficult to tell if you are making a difference in the growth of your learner's skills. Are you helping? We have all had feelings of uncertainty.
Reading Horizons has provided a simple self-check that we can use to ensure that we are effective in our instruction.
Clear instruction and processes
Corrective (positive) feedback
Connections to reading and writing
Ask yourself: Are my instructions clear? Am I consistent? Do I give positive feedback? Am I helping my learner connect these skills to reading and writing in their daily lives?
Read the full post from Reading Horizons here.
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by Emily Davidson Nemoy, Literacy Tutor
When you listen to someone completely, you hear the whole of what he or she is saying. Not just the words—but also the feelings and thoughts behind them. You are trying to understand the other person, even if you don’t agree with him or her.
I began tutoring with the Nashville Adult Literacy Council more than two and a half years ago in hopes of finding a way to give back to the community. As a writer, I’ve always been a big reader and a huge fan of the written word, so volunteering with the NALC seemed like a natural fit for me. Having no tutoring experience, I was more than a little nervous at my first ...