Learn to Teach ~ Teach to Learn
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Overview Combining language arts and technology, students engage in cross-class and cross-school tutoring that provide them with teaching and learning experiences. English proficient students interact with limited language proficient students who often are "new immigrants." Tutors help with cross curriculum subjects like history, native language, and science, and improve their own literacy skills while learning to teach.
Assessment Students and teacher assess project and various activities daily by sharing and reviewing journal writing, lesson plans and reflections, interviews and reports, essays and discussions. Response groups become essential to evaluate tutors' and peers' progress.
Software or Materials Used Textbooks: History, Science and ESL; worksheets, interview guides, tapes, audio cassettes, display boards, recorders, video camera, digital camera, pictures, paper cutters and edgers, glue and other craft related materials, graphic organizer, binding machine, Microsoft Office, Print Shop Press Writer, CD burner & zip drive.
Web Sites Occupational
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as 2nd Language
Keywords Peer Tutoring, Teaching and Learning, Service Learning, ESL, English as a Second Language, Response Groups
Final Words This project helps students learn about themselves while working with peers. When engaged in peer tutoring, students learn to appreciate their own strengths and try to improve their weaknesses. Peer tutoring also lets students understand and accept diversity, by learning to respect one another and sharing different cultures, beliefs, and customs.
Teacher Tip From the start, address the why and how of tutoring. Students soon catch on to the meaning of teaching and learning. They also become aware of their responsibility to present results to the community. Like everyone, my students were initially nervous, but once they started, they wanted to show their accomplishments to classmates and school staff. Group diversity and individual creativity make for a successful project.
E-mail contact Adelina da Silva firstname.lastname@example.org
Teacher Bio Adelina da Silva, Boston Public Schools Lead Teacher at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, has taught ESL for eighteen years. Contributor to Citywide ESL Standards, she serves as her school's ESL facilitator and Girls' Soccer Coach. Adelina is also a member of the Boston Writing Project at University of Massachusetts, Boston. Among her awards are Golden Apple Teacher and Schott Foundation Gender Healthy/Respectful Schools Grant. She is a published poet who writes in Cape Verdean Creole, Portuguese, and English.
Subject Areas ESL Literacy
Grade Levels 9 - 12