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    Question I need direction

    I have been approached to tutor a high school ESL student. I have tutored in many subject areas, but never ESL. He has been tested to evaluate his skill level and is low in English skills. The school has recommended he be tutored in basic English and reading skills. I am looking for some advice on where to begin and where to look for resources.

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    Re: I need direction

    Are you planning to use a coursebook with him? How old is he and what's his first language?


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    Re: I need direction

    He is a sophomore in high school and speaks Filipino. I don't plan to use a coursebook at this point but only because I haven't gotten that far in my plans, and I am unaware of what is available for ESL. The text books he is using from school are far above his reading level. Whether or not I use a coursebook is part of my question, I guess. I really don't know where to start. (Thank you for your response!)

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    Re: I need direction

    In many ways, a coursebook would make your life a lot easier if it's the first time you've done this, rather than trying to construct things. At least that way, you would have a structured sequence to go through with him. If he's fairly low level, then they'll generally cover the basics in a systematic way, and you can supplement. Are you expected to help him directly with the school materials? If so, this will involve quite a lot of work to take and adapt the texts, etc, to make them more readily comprehensible.


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    Re: I need direction

    I will be helping with school work, but mainly just basic English and reading skills. Where do I get a coursebook? And how do I choose the right one?

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    Re: I need direction

    ESL coursebooks tend to be much of a muchness. Standard ones include things like Headway:
    https://www.usingenglish.com/amazon/us/0194353753.html


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    Re: I need direction

    Much of a muchness? Not sure what you mean there. I am grateful for you pointing me toward some resources! Thank you!

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    Re: I need direction

    They tend to cover the same things in broadly the same sequence.

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