Lesson 10 - Tutoring English Language Learners Illinois State Library

Using Active Participation to Engage ESL Learners

Jasmin loves music. Singing, dancing and listening to music are among her favorite pastimes. When she meets with her tutor, they use her interest in music to improve her English. They listen to English music together and Jasmin may sing along. Then, Jasmin and the tutor practice the vocabulary and language in the lyrics. While dancing does not demonstrate the meaning of song words physically, it does help Jasmin remember what song contains the words she is learning. It allows Jasmin time for active participation in the lesson, it engages her interest, and it engages her senses.

This tutor is aware that using active participation is essential.