Online ESOL Training

Effective Teaching Strategies in an Adult ESL Classroom

Posted in Online ESOL Training Videos by Literacy Foundation on May 22, 2010

This is part 1 of a 4 part video illustrating effective teaching strategies in an adult ESL classroom. The teacher uses pictures and text, and real fruits and vegetables to teach basic vocabulary and language structures. She connects classroom and community by having students go on a site visit to a local farm to practice the language they are learning. Students later visit a grocery store where they ask questions. Back in the classroom they compare prices and do further language work. Heide Spruck Wrigley narrates and highlights effective instructional strategies and promising practices, including “bringing the outside in.”


The Reading Demonstration

Posted in Online ESOL Training Videos by Literacy Foundation on May 21, 2010

Heide Wrigley shows how to use materials from the everyday lives of learners to allow students to demonstrate what they can do with print.

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Online ESOL Training At the Minnesota Literacy Council

Posted in Online ESOL Training Videos by Literacy Foundation on February 6, 2009

j02020961The Minnesota Literacy Council’s Online training courses are available to individuals who live out of the state. While you must sign up and log in to take these courses, you will not receive a certificate of completion. (Read the Out of State User’s Policy here.) A description of each course sits below. Courses are self-directed and include videos and opportunities for chatting online:

This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the U.S. citizenship application process and appropriate teaching strategies for preparing ABE/ESL student immigrants to pass their citizenship interview.

This online course will introduce you to the basics for a volunteer position in the Adult ESL Classroom.

Teaching literacy level students is a rewarding experience, but many instructors lack confidence in their ability to teach literacy level adults. In this course you will learn about the needs of literacy level students and effective teaching strategies.

Any class with more than one student is multilevel, whether the source of the “multi” is educational, generational, or cultural.  One key in these circumstances is to develop realistic expectations. Another key is to use a number of “multi” strategies. This course will help you find those keys

Online ESOL Training Videos

Posted in Online ESOL Training Videos by Literacy Foundation on February 5, 2009

Sixteen online videos demonstrating ESOL tutoring techniques were taped by Literacy Du Page, a literacy organization in Illinois.  You can scroll down this post and click on the titles or directly on the videos.  Real Tutors/Real Learners will take you to the Literacy Du Page link.

  • First Meeting ESL 1 Learner: (9:58 min)  This discussion with a level one ESL learner includes an initial introduction; goal setting; a quick check of words and numbers; a quick check of reading and writing; and wrap-up, next meeting, and homework.
  • ESL 1: Experience Story (5:53 min ) Step One, The tutor writes the story after an initial discussion; he reads the story back and asks for any changes; the learner reads the story; and shows editing and correction.
  • ESL 2: Experience Story (10:00 min)  The lesson opens with the learner’s homework assignment, life experience writing; note how the tutor encourages the student to self correct spelling, grammar, and verb tenses. She also prepares the student for homework.
  • Alphabet Activities (6:43 min) Reviewing the alphabet with basic and low level ESL learners is essential. Drilling is important for learners who have no knowledge of the alphabet. 
  • Basic Reading and Writing Techniques: Part 1, Alphabet Study (9:34 min) Basic literacy tutoring techniques, not just for ESOL students. These alphabet study techniques are especially suitable for basic learners. It includes a review of the previous lesson, new words and rhyming words, writing the words, and find sounds in an experience story.
  • Basic Reading and Writing Techniques: Part 2, Word Study(9:45 min) Basic literacy tutoring techniques, not just for ESOL students.   In this video the tutor transitions from alphabet study to word study using an experience story. The student reads the story silently, then discusses unknown words. He then reads the story out loud, adds to the story, and practices spell tracing.
  • Sight Words From Family Photos (8:51 min) This video shows speaking and practicing the sounds of a new language using familiar subjects, such as photos of family and friends. The tutor and student create the sight words and then practice with them.
  • Practice With Picture Cards, Part 1 (9:45 min) The learner, who does the family shopping and cooking,  practices word activities and identify food groups using images from the newspaper. The learner uses her cards to identify the foods.
  • Job Hunt, Reading and Writing Techniques (9:06 min) The lesson resulted from a discussion about the student’s desire to find a new job. He has picked up application materials, which he will fill out, and he will practice a role play in a job interview.
  • Reading and Writing Practice Using a New Address (9:37 min) Survival skills start with the ability to provide a name, address, and other vital information. The student repeatedly practices writing his address until he has learned the information.
  • Using Post-Its (7:49 min) Using visual reminders is useful with students who are practicing English. They label the parts of the computer, using the post-its to work on spelling and pronunciation.
  • Role Play: Doctor Call (8:24 min) Role play provides vocabulary practice based on the learner’s immediate needs, in this instance the student’s need to take her son to the doctor.