Tutor Resources: Lesson Planning

Ventures textbooks:

As the tutor, you should keep the "Student's Book" to work with together and to plan from. The student should keep the "Workbook" for homework and review.

Ventures textbooks include extensive online resources, available at www.cambridge.org/ventures/resources. You will need to create a teacher’s account to access the materials. To save yourself the headache, you can log in using our teacher account. Contact Heather for the login information. 

The "Ventures Arcade" is an online resource that students and tutors can use to supplement activities found in their textbooks. It is a platform that provides games, activities, a dictionary, and audio files.

How to teach remotely with Ventures.

Presentation Plus User Guide

LVCA Produced Materials:

Tutor Tips:

Learning Styles

  • Learning Styles - Behavioral characteristics and tutoring tips for three different learning styles: auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic.

  • Teaching to the 8 Learning Styles - Verbal, Bodily, Logical, Visual, Interpersonal, Intrapersonal, Musical, and Naturalist.

Guidelines Based on Learner Levels

Speaking & Listening Test Information
Students should be able to answer the questions at the level they last tested into, all those before it, and the next level up that they will hopefully test into. 

Online Resources:

  • Activities for ESL Students - This website has useful information for all levels. It includes quizzes on grammar and vocabulary, listening and pronunciation practice, and VOA audio podcasts. It also has crossword puzzles and over 40 quizzes in bilingual languages.

  • English for Everyone - This website provides worksheets related to almost any question you may have about English. The pictures and readings for the lower level learners are especially good. Other topics include U.S. citizenship, spelling, word searches, and computer fundamentals.

  • Interesting Things for ESL Students - This website is full of exercises in grammar, pronunciation, listening, spelling, and vocabulary development for different levels. One heading lists “Easy Things for Beginners.” Other activities and exercises are not specified by levels but are generally intermediate.

LVCA Workshop Presentations/Handouts:

How To Tutor Remotely (December 2020)
How To Tutor Remotely (Slides)
Online Teaching Strategies (Handout)
Zooming with Teacher's Edition How to Video (YouTube)
Zooming while Reading a Novel How to Video (YouTube)
Literacy Minnesota Curriculum Links: Beginning ESL and Advanced ESL
Literacy Minnesota's Zoom Tutoring Checklist for Host (Handout)
Literacy Minnesota's Using WhatsApp for Tutoring Checklist (Handout)
Zoom Navigation Slides (showing how to annotate on different devices)
Platform Options Slide

Online Teaching Strategies Palooza (October 2020)
Online Teaching Strategies (Slides)
Online Teaching Strategies (Notes) 

Ventures Online Resources for Tutors (August 2020)
Ventures Resources PowerPoint
Ventures Resources Handout

Teaching with Video (June 2020)
Teaching with Video Handout
Video Platforms Overview PowerPoint
Teaching with Zoom PowerPoint
Teaching with Meet PowerPoint

Engaging Adult Learners Through Technology (October 2018)
Technology PowerPoint
Technology Handout

Maintaining Student Motivation (September 2018)
Motivation PowerPoint
Language Goals Handout
Real-World Implementation Handout
SMART Goals Handout

Collaborative Lesson Planning (2018 Tutor Retreat)
Presented by Holly Dilatush, a former LVCA volunteer
Lesson Planning PowerPoint

Beyond the Workbook (2018 Tutor Retreat)
Beyond the Workbook PowerPoint
Alternative Homework Tips Handout

Lesson Planning for Intermediate & Advanced Students (April 2018)
Meeting the Needs of Intermediate and Advanced English Language Learners PowerPoint
Level 4 Standards Handout

Scaffolding Techniques for Low-Level Learners (March 2018)
Scaffolding PowerPoint
Cluster Word Web Handout
Cognates Handout
Compare/Contrast Handout
Herringbone Organizer Handout 
KWL Chart Handout
Sentence Stems Handout
Spider Map Handout
Venn Diagram Handout

Informal Assessments Workshop (January 2018)
Informal Assessments PowerPoint
Example-Non-Example Handout
3-2-1 Handout
One Sentence Summaries Handout
Learning Log (Excel)
Word Wall (Excel)

Low-Level Learners Workshop (April 2017)
Working with Low-Level Learners PowerPoint
Working with Low-Level Learners Handout
100 Common American Words 

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