Where to find resources for your adult student:
Read Write Now tutors are encouraged to access the resources available through their local Coordinator. There is a vast range of books - readers and reference, videos and photocopiable worksheets for all levels of adult learning.
Gobsmackers is a range of fun adult reader books written and illustrated by adult literacy practitioners and produced by Read Write Now. All RWN resource cupboards will have copies of these books and tips and worksheets can be downloaded from the Community Adult Literacy Foundation.
Internet - look at the Links page on this site for some great ideas.
Local libraries - look for RWN collection/orange and purple stickers on spines in general collection. RWN & the State Library entered into a partnership in 2000 to make it easier for adult learners to locate appropriate materials in the library.
Secondhand Bookshops - at the beginning and end of each year the University Bookshops are particularly good for 2nd hand ESL dictionaries.
Student's own - but do not rely entirely upon them remembering to bring them in.
Student's own experiences - eg whole language/time-line activities.
Newspapers including the West Australian and the local community papers - devise scavenger hunts, Mix and Match Title/Article, Cartoons etc.
Magazines, travel & information brochures etc.
Junk Mail - make your own e.g. repetitive sentence booklets.
Handouts & Worksheets:
Read Write Now 40th Magazine
New handouts that have recently been developed for distribution during RWN Tutor training can now be downloaded for general tutoring use here - The Phonics Assessment may help if your student is unsure how to connect the sounds of spoken English with letters or groups of letters. This handout will assist you identify any gaps in their phonics knowledge. If your student knows all the words found on the Word Frequency Use handout, they know the majority of words that they are likely to read. The Grammar handout includes topics such as important verbs, tense, irregular verbs, useful terms and facts about sentence structure. The sheet is simply written and easy to follow and particularly useful if you are tutoring a CaLD student.
When developing lesson plans for your adult student, a list of Practice Activities can certainly come in handy. Go through this list for ideas and prompts on reading, writing and speaking activities to ensure these are covered in your tutoring sessions.
Do you need a blank Lesson plan framework as a guide to developing your plans each week? This is a Word document so you will be able to download it and type in the blank boxes.
Spelling Hot Tipshas been developed to provide a quick reference guide for assisting your student with their spelling. Ideas, tips and a couple of websites are listed.
Have you looked at the new resources that can be found in your region's resource cupboard? These resources can be borrowed for use in tutoring sessions. For a short summary of each book and the level of student they are best suited to, click Recommended list of resources and remember there is a much larger range in each group's collection for you to choose from.
NEW RESOURCE (ESL & ESB):
Knowing the correct Cultural Etiquette for various countries can be helpful to tutors working with CaLD students. This handout covers China, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The document also contains a link to the cultural etiquette of other countries.
Need some ideas for FUN ways to end your tutoring session? Try these Fun Activities.
Lined Paper can be downloaded from a number of internet sites but in the meantime if you are in need of some,try this site.
Events such as ANZAC Day can be made a part of lesson plans. A short text either written at the appropriate level of your student or written as part of a Language Experience exercise can introduce the student to vocabulary relating to the topic. Then, a range of activities can be designed by you to assist your student. For examples, look at these Anzac Day worksheets.
For RWN Tutors
The 2015 Pink Progress Page(Student and Tutor Progress Review) will help you and your student to fine-tune their goals, which also makes it easier for you to choose lesson content. As progress is measured at the end of May and November, they should also help you both to see the progress made, thus giving you both a boost and especially increasing your student's self esteem as they see how far they have come.
Thank you for your cooperation in completing these forms. If you have any queries regarding them, or any other issue related to tutoring, please feel free to ring either your Coordinator or Central Office.
Many students comment that no matter how hard they tried at school, they never got a certificate. If your student has made progress, perhaps achieved a personal goal, read a book for the first time - Why not give them a Certificate of Achievement. This template can be typed into and then printed off.2016 Certificate of Achievement
The student publication 'Write On' is no longer printed however back copies are available if tutors are looking for extra reading material for their student. Please contact Central Office by phone or email and we will send you a magazine.
Try our Links page for more suggestions, ideas and ways of helping your adult student with their literacy needs.
One of our tutors has provided a fantastic tip for accessing internet resources. Lana has pointed out that if you want to save a You Tube video (rather than using up WiFi and data usage playing it over and over again online), change the URL by putting an 'ss' in front of it. For example, to save the BBC documentary The Human Mind (part 1) - type https://www.ssyoutube.com/watch?v=tgis74vj-OU
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