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Tutor Tip of the Month

Have you let your learner teach you something? Do his or her eyes light up when talking about a hobby or an interest? Take advantage of this passion to put some fire in your winter practice sessions.

This activity could take many forms. For example:

  • Take a mini field trip to visit the site of the hobby. Work together to plan how to get there using a map, bus schedules or whatever else you need to plan your route and schedule. (Even if he or she knows how to get there, this will be good practice.) While exploring,

  • Travel through books or the Internet. Find a book with lots of pictures and let the learner explain the pictures and what they contain. Have her write her own captions (descriptions) for the photos or drawings. Come up with a written “Top 10” list of things to know about this topic.

  • Create a written report to share. The short report could be added to the literacy program’s library, be shared with the learner’s child or grandchild, or be shared with other learners.
Whichever form you choose, as you can see writing, reading and speaking practice can be incorporated. The important thing is starting with a topic about which the learner feels comfortable and confident.

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