Language is power, and through the work that you do as community-based ESL teachers and tutors, you are effectively changing lives.
The content on these pages has been designed with your teaching needs in mind. While most community-based ESL programs provide some training to their volunteers, new teachers still sometimes find themselves asking, “What do I do now?” Throughout this section, you will find information to guide your teaching, from “12 Questions Every Tutor Asks,” adapted from Pace Yourself: A Handbook for ESL Tutors, to sample activities, textbook and online resources, and professional development opportunities.
We wish you all the best as you strive to empower your students through learning, and we anticipate that these pages will provide valuable support in achieving your classroom goals.
The content on these “Teaching Tips” pages is adapted from PACE Yourself: A Handbook for ESL Tutors (Dalle and Young, 2003, TESOL Press). PACE Yourself provides tutors of students at any age and skill level with helpful teaching advice, all solidly based in research. Each chapter in the book is based on one of the following 12 questions—questions that every tutor will encounter in their work.
Be creative! Get your students moving around, asking questions, and using English to really communicate with each other. If you can, get out of the classroom and into the community to give students a chance to try out and to own their newly acquired language skills. The following are some suggestions for classroom activities.
The Department of English at IUPUI offers a variety of ways to take your teaching to the next level, with opportunities at both the theoretical and practical levels.
Auditing a Class
For tutors and teachers seeking to gain knowledge and experience without having to commit to a certificate or degree program, consider auditing a course or two. Suggested courses include Second Language Development, TESOL Methods, and English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Materials Development. Contact Dr. Ulla Connor for more information.