Click the above image to download the Volunteer Tutor Training Handbook in PDF format.
Tools for Tutors
Many of our ESL students have internet access. Cambridge maintains an open website with lessons corresponding to our Ventures levels. Anyone can go online and work through exercises in any of the 10 units, in any of the six levels in the Ventures series. Go to the Ventures Arcade and click on Audio to see all the levels listed. In addition to the audio, the Arcade has several other activities for each level, and students can get the app on their phones if they want extra practice:
Learning Express Library
This is a free database available through the Central Arkansas Library System’s website, cals.org. It’s an interactive database with practice tests and tutorials for many standardized academic tests, including the GED. It also contains an Adult Learning Center that can help students with basic skills such as reading, writing, speaking, grammar, and math, and it can help them prepare for the citizenship test. For access, sign in as new user and create a personal account using your library card number as your user name. CLICK HERE
Word Academy is a great tool/game, much like Free Rice, that you can download onto a smart phone. It’s a fun way for your students to learn vocabulary and practice spelling!
Get the app for Android or Apple.
Pronunciator provides both guided and self-directed instructions for 80 foreign languages, and ESL for 50 non-English languages, along with a Course Designer which allows for the creation and deployment of custom courses by educators. CLICK HERE
They send out an e-newsletter with helpful tips and resources you can sign up for. http://literacyforward.org
UAMS College of Health Professions Speech and Hearing Clinic provides accent reduction services for a nominal fee. Contact Connie Bracy at 501-569-3155.
CommonLit has a free digital lesson library and could be a great resource for remote tutoring. https://www.commonlit.org
Newsela provides current content for lessons to support students in the classroom or remotely. Ten new articles are provided every day. https://newsela.com/
This site offers reading comprehension instruction driven by scientific research. It has free content, curriculum, and tools to assist with low to advanced levels. https://www.readworks.org/
With its large and constantly growing database of personalized exercises for both literacy and ESL students, ReadTheory is another excellent resource. https://readtheory.org/
Create a professional resume, cover letter, and references list quickly by simply entering basic information about yourself. Click on Login under Manage My Profile to create a profile that will allow you to save your resume and return to update it at a later date. CLICK HERE
Books, Puzzles, Games
Literacy Action offers lots of supplemental materials and resources for tutors—both ESL and ABL. Please come by the office and check out our reading books, workbooks, games, vocabulary exercises, icebreakers, instructor books, CDs, pronunciation aids, and dictionaries. Some of the materials are consumable and do not need to be returned; some are available to borrow and use; some are available to copy. We have lots of great materials! We can help with suggestions and recommendations for you and your student(s).
If any of you are working with students on obtaining a driver’s license, this link will take to you to a helpful resource: http://cals.driving-tests.org/arkansas/
This new mobile app is an interactive gallery that allows you to explore the holdings of the US National Archives through a collection of 365 fascinating documents and photographs from throughout history. Learn what significant event happened on your birthday, search the documents by keyword, or browse the collection at your leisure: http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/todays-doc/
ProLiteracy’s Education Network
ProLiteracy’s Education Network has several online courses that are great for volunteer tutors. Principles of Adult Learning and Working with Adult Literacy Learners are particularly good. These courses are free and can be accessed at: http://www.proliteracyednet.org/articles.asp?mcid=2&cid=24
Soft Skills to Pay the Bills: Mastering Soft Skills for Workplace Success
This is a curriculum focused on teaching “soft” or workforce readiness skills to youth, including youth with disabilities. Created as an introduction to workplace interpersonal and professional skills, the curriculum is targeted for youth ages 14–21; this may be extremely useful for adult education programs: http://www.dol.gov/odep/topics/youth/softskills
TESOL “Engage, Support, Connect: Leveraging Digital Tools to Meet the Needs of our Diverse Learners”
Tutors and students have both found this free website to be helpful for translation and pronunciation: http://www.spanishdict.com
There is a new resource that offers online learning support for literacy tutors called Tutor Ready Learning Plans. Read more here:
Learning Disability Tools
These are some fantastic tools that could help you or your student if they are auditory learners or have a learning disability such as dyslexia where phonics and visual learning are not the best methods:
This free text-to-speech software allows you to experience listening to any text on your PC: http://www.naturalreaders.com/download.php
Prizmo is an app you can download to a smart phone; it allows you to take a picture of any text and it will read it out loud: http://www.creaceed.com/iprizmo/about
Rewordify.com: Understand What You Read
Rewordify.com lets you read more, understand more, learn more words, and teach more effectively. It simplifies English, teaches vocabulary, creates learning materials, and lets you create documents to teach a global audience: http://rewordify.com