6 Free Resources For First Time ESL Tutors

Kickstarting your lesson plans made simple and effective.

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Know Your Student

Before we move on, it’s important to understand that every student is at a different stage in their English-learning journey. Tutoria offers services for non-English speakers of all levels. Think of it as a spectrum, and outline what your student knows versus what they need help with to get a sense of where to start.

Student Types

In general, there are three types of students here at Tutoria:

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Beginner Resources

When working with a beginner, the easiest place to start is with the alphabet.

Video Resources:

  1. “Spanish-Speaking English Teacher on the Alphabet”
  2. “English Alphabet Pronunciation Video”
  3. “English Vowel Pronunciation Video”

Intermediate Resources

Simple English News

Now that your students have their footing, it’s time for something more challenging.

Advanced Learners

We Speak NYC

We Speak NYC (formally We Speak New York City) is the city’s first English-learning program. Their mission is simple: to offer conversational classes for English learners of all levels and free online learning materials for teachers.

All Level Learning

Tutoring Adult Learners Using the Internet

Don’t let the title fool you. Kim Roush, the site facilitator, offers an abundance of free resources. After working in adult literacy for over 11 years, she’s gathered the most useful websites for tutors around the world. Roush has links to basic tutor training, fluency, comprehension, and other ESL resources for people of all ages.

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