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I taught regular elementary ed for 35 years. I am retired and would like to tutor my daughter-in-law from Brazil who has been in the country for two years. I feel her English is pretty good, but it needs to be improved for her job. What is the difference between ESL and ESOL classes? She feels she is above ESOL classes and feels she would progress more with consistent biweekly tutoring. Her vocabulary is pretty good. She gets her pronouns mixed up. Pronunciation needs improvement. I told her to read even magazine articles as she can't focus with ADD. Any books that might help me tutor her? Or any suggestions as to where to begin? I haven't a clue!!And she really wants the help so badly. I knew where to come!! Thanks!!!


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Some resources
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I like this for general info and some lessons:
http://www.colorincolorado.org
don't let the Spanish title mislead you, the principles are for every English Language Learner.
I know Brazilians speak Portuguese.

https://www.wida.us
a site to explore, some require sign-in but other areas do not.

http://www.esl-galaxy.com/adults.html
this has some supports for adults

I'd explore the results of some searches for Adult ESL resources.

There are high/low (I think they were called) articles with high information and low reading skills that might be a jumping off point for discussion.

I'd think that you both reading an article together that is of interest to her and discussing it would be a good lesson focus. As you know, background knowledge is key to reading comprehension so you might preview some difficult vocabulary before reading. I'd also focus on one element--pronouns or a particularly difficult sound--at a time.

This might give you a jumping off place:
http://esl.fis.edu/grammar/langdiff/portuguese.htm

I'm not an ESL teacher but did have lots of second language learners and see that you haven't gotten any responses yet so I'm jumping in. I hope something in here is helpful.

You know how to structure lessons and give support. I'd think the close relationship will make lessons both easier and harder at times. She's got a great resource in you.
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Thank You, Broomrider!
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Broomrider, thank you so much! You have given me a wealth of information; I truly appreciate it! She is highly motivated. It's been seven years since retirement, and I am feeling a little overwhelmed, but now I have some ideas. Again, thanks!!
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iPad Apps
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If you are still looking for ideas, here are two iPad apps that I think would be quite useful. These flashcard apps are especially good because they provide an audio voice that will read the words or sentences and provide a good model for your daughter-in-law to imitate. it's just a matter of practice and repetition with a proper model.

The first app is Flashcards+ by Chegg and the second one is Quizlet - both are free!
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Thank You, Guest!
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Yes, Guest, I am still working with her. TY for those app suggestions. This is all brand new to me but is going well!


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Board Games for conversation practice
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I have found the creations by PhilipR on islcollective.com to be very helpful in working on fluency in conversation and grammar. He has quite a few board games that take you through engaging and fun topics and encourage thinking on the part of the student and teacher.

Here is a link to one of his games my students and I really liked, "Name 5 Things in a Topic"
https://en.islcollective.com/resourc...me-board/14062

I've used a lot of his games, not many of the worksheets yet though.

Another idea I have started using is taking existing games and creating a sentence pattern to practice certain vocabulary or tenses. For instance, I used the murder mystery game CLUE and had my students start their turns with a progressive tense set up.

Instead of saying, "I suspect Mr. Green in the library with a knife", they had to say something like, "I was reading in the library when I heard a noise. It sounded like yelling. I suspect.....".

This made repetitive practice more fun and helped them get used to using it in normal conversation.
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Thanks, StoryJ
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I have not been on for ages, but wanted to thank you for your wonderful suggestion. I can always count on my PT friends.
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