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How to deal with learners’ written and spoken errors

How to deal with learners’ written and spoken errors

It's very important that ESOL tutors get to know their students at the start of the course and that they also get to know their motivations and expectations, says Justin McNamara, ESOL lecturer at Mary Immaculate College.

How to use social media as learning spaces

How to use social media as learning spaces

The ways that social media can enhance the learning experience are broadening every day, says Peter Sheekey, ESOL tutor and researcher, Centre for Language and Communication Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

How to use writeon.ie in a blended learning way with ESOL students

How to use writeon.ie in a blended learning way with ESOL students

Kevin Kelly, ESOL and technology tutor at Galway and Roscommon ETB, says that writeon.ie can help overcome the disadvantage that tutors have of only being able to work with ESOL students for two hours a week.

How to avoid teaching unnecessary vocabulary

How to avoid teaching unnecessary vocabulary

It's vital that tutors don't get too hung up on teaching in-depth grammar and extensive vocabulary to ESOL students, says Kieran Harrington. The important thing is to equip them with the skills they need to ensure that they can use the vocabulary they already have to make themselves understood.

How to make a maths trail fun

How To Make a Maths Trail Fun

Terry Maguire says that doing a Maths Trail around a local park or amenity is a great way to help individuals develop their 'maths eyes' and use their own strategies for working our problems. Maths Trails for a particular area should be available at different levels to ensure everyone has activities to do or problems to solve to match their knowledge and skills.

How to make ESOL classes engaging and interactive

How to make ESOL classes engaging and interactive

Angus O'Riordan, ESOL tutor and trainer, says it's essential to make teaching materials as meaningful and relevant as possible to the lives of the students. Incorporating real life situations such as dealing with a landlord or paying a bill can help students make a connection with the teaching exercises.

How to use social networks as a language learning tool

How to use social networks as a language learning tool

Laura Rowland, ESOL and technology tutor with Limerick and Clare ETB, believes that social networks are a great resource for ESOL tutors. Speaking at the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) 2016 ESOL conference, Laura said that there are a lot of benefits to using sites such as WordPress, YouTube and Facebook as language learning tools as they can build students’ confidence in an engaging and interactive way.

Teaching English to migrants in Ireland

NALA - Teaching English to migrants in Ireland

Half of all the migrants in Ireland have English as their second language while 10% have a high level of English language.Then, says Dr Philida Schellekens, there is a ‘middle group’ who need ESOL teachers to activate their English and enable a positive language learning experience for them.

Using technology in the numeracy classroom

NALA: Paddy Johnson: Top tips for using technology in the numeracy classroom

Patrick Johnson from the University of Limerick looks at tips for using technology in the numeracy classroom

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