PACE Yourself: A Handbook for ESL Tutors

Teresa S. Dalle and Laurel L. Young

Table of Contents

Guide to Topics 
Three Case Studies

Unit 1: Prepare

Chapter 1: "What do I do first?"
Gather information.

Chapter 2: "What materials should I have on hand? 
Acquire frequently used tutoring tools.

Chapter 3: "How should I structure my tutoring sessions?"
Follow an organized format.

Unit 2: Assess

Chapter 4: "How do I know what to teach?"
Assess skills and determine students' goals.

Chapter 5: "How do I use assessment to help me teach?" 
Use assessment to determine tutoring goals and establish a starting point.

Chapter 6: "What factors can help or hinder a student's English learning ability?" 
Consider personal, cultural, and linguistic factors.

Unit 3: Construct

Chapter 7: "How do I make a lesson plan that is appropriate for my student?" 
Set reasonable objectives; provide appropriate materials and activities.

Chapter 8: "How can I use the Internet in my lessons?"
Search ESL Web sites for materials, lessons, and activities geared to the students' age, language level, and language skill.

Chapter 9: "How do I construct lessons for people whose language I do not speak?" 
Use visual aids.

Unit 4: Evaluate

Chapter 10: "How do I document students' progress and evaluate their success?"
Use formal and informal means.

Chapter 11: "What can I do if the student shows little progress?"
Identify the student's problems; seek help for specific needs.

Chapter 12: "How can I evaluate my performance as an ESL tutor?"
Use simple self-assessment procedures.


Appendix A: Texts, Web Sites, and Other Resources for ESL Tutors 
Appendix B: Terminology for ESL Tutors
Appendix C: Publishers in the Field of ESL
Appendix D: Organizations of Interest to ESL Tutors
The Author