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Strategies for Working with English Language Learners

Working with students who are English Language Learners (ELLs) can be highly rewarding and also challenging. These students are sometimes the most fragile members of a school's community, and the contact they have with a tutor can be invaluable as they struggle to make sense of a new language, a new school, and new surroundings. As a tutor, you have a unique opportunity to help these young people develop some basic skills and a confidence in their ability to learn, that will serve them well throughout their lives. The information provided in this section will help you to plan and prepare for your role as a tutor to ELL students.

  • The Tutor's attitude
  • Contact with Teacher and Caregivers
  • Communicating with the child: Things you can do to make the process easier
  • Your first tutoring session
  • For the rest of the tutoring sessions