At our Tutors Roundtable on May 12, 2009, we shared many wonderful ideas and resources to help our learners improve their English language skills. Here is a list of some of the titles mentioned at the roundtable:
Chartbook: A Reference Grammar: Understanding and Using English Grammar
Concise clear tables showing features of grammar. Useful for tutors and for presentation to learners.
Person to Person: Communicative Speaking and Listening Skills (Student Book 1)
Recommended for improving speaking and listening skills and for developing vocabulary. Raises a lot of good topics for discussion.
A Conversation Book 2: English in Everyday Life
Recommended for learners at the intermediate and hig intermediate levels.
101 Bright Ideas: ESL Activities for All Ages
Great ideas for tutors of intermediate learners.
Useful web sites
Fun and instructional games
Great for building vocabulary and developing conversation skills.
Helps with verb tenses, spelling, and sentence construction.
American Film Database
|The Wizard of Oz||1939||Children, Musical|
|It’s a Wonderful Life||1947||Drama, Romance|
|Forrest Gump||1994||History, Romance|
|To Kill a Mockingbird||1962||History, Drama|
|Modern Times||1936||Comedy, Social commentary|
|Singin’ in the Rain||1952||Comedy, Musical|
|The Grapes of Wrath||1940||History, Drama|
|The Graduate||1967||Comedy, Social commentary|
|Gone with the Wind||1939||Romance, History|
|The Day the Earth Stood Still||1951||Science fiction|
|Wag the Dog||1998||Comedy, Politics|
|Star Wars||1977||Science fiction|
|Apollo 13||1995||Drama, History|
|A League of Their Own||1992||Comedy, History|
This list of films serves as a basis for conversation about American culture, history and informal vocabulary. Tutors and learners view a DVD at home, then meet to discuss the ideas and content. It’s a fun way to share opinions and experiences.
Do you have any suggestions?