Here are tools and resources to support your efforts as a Literacy DuPage tutor.
Real Tutors, Real Learners
Real Tutors, Real Learners is a set of videos created by Literacy DuPage, which illustrate practical techniques for basic and ESL literacy instruction.
The videos may be viewed on the Literacy DuPage YouTube channel.
As you watch the videos, look for circled numbers that mark recommended practices. Pause the video for each number and write down what you think the practice is.
Although various techniques are shown for different types of learners, you’ll notice broad similarities across the lessons. For your tutoring instruction:
- Develop a lesson plan each week. Use the videos for activity ideas to use with your learner.
- Ground your lessons in your learner’s real-life goals.
- Include speaking, listening, reading, and writing in each lesson.
- Design your lessons to build on those from previous sessions.
- Review key topics and lessons from the previous week.
- Address what the learner should do for the following week.
- Take notes on what worked well, what needs improvement, and what challenges came to light.
- Encourage your learner to generate useful materials, such as sight word lists, picture cards, post-its, and experience stories that can be used for study and review.
- Revisit the instructional videos frequently for direction and inspiration.
- Keep in touch with other tutors and trainers at Literacy DuPage to share ideas and ask questions.
There are many community agencies and resources that provide a range of services that may be of value to Literacy DuPage learners.
To put your learner in touch with food pantries, domestic abuse assistance, medical resources, shelter options, and more, please refer to this list of resource agencies.
Literacy DuPage partners many libraries in DuPage County. They generously provide space for Literacy DuPage tutoring, English Conversation Groups, and in-service training workshops. Several have extensive collections of materials for adult learners of English, plus computer access for students. Contact your local library for more information.
Our Library Partners
*Designates a English conversation group partner library
- Addison Public Library*
- Bartlett Public Library District
- Bensenville Community Public Library
- Bloomingdale Public Library
- Carol Stream Public Library
- Clarendon Hills Public Library
- College of DuPage Library, Glen Ellyn
- Downers Grove Public Library
- Elmhurst Public Library
- Eola Road Branch Library, Aurora
- Fountaindale Public Library, Bolingbrook
- Glen Ellyn Public Library
- Glenside Public Library District, Glendale Heights
- Helen Plum Library, Lombard
- Hinsdale Public Library
- Indian Prairie Public Library District, Darien*
- Itasca Community Library*
- Lisle Library District*
- Naperville Public Library – 95th Street Library*
- Naperville Public Library – Naper Boulevard Library
- Naperville Public Library – Nichols Library
- Oak Brook Public Library
- Villa Park Public Library
- Plainfield Public Library District
- Roselle Public Library District
- Poplar Creek Public Library Sonya Crawshaw Branch, Hanover Park
- Warrenville Public Library District
- West Chicago Public Library District*
- Westmont Public Library*
- Wheaton Public Library*
- Winfield Public Library
- Wood Dale Public Library District
- Woodridge Public Library*
Activity & Professional Development Websites
- Activities for ESL Students offers a wide variety of interactive quizzes, tests, exercises, and puzzles for ESL learners.
- Adult Education and Literacy Resource Collection is the LINCS (Literacy Information and Communication System of the National Institute for Literacy (NIFL)) site for ESL teachers and students with articles and links to numerous other useful ESL sites.
- The Alberta Teachers’ Association provides a list of free, multilingual picture dictionaries designed for beginning English language learners of all ages.
- Applying Research in Reading Instruction for Adults offers First Steps for Teachers, developed by the National Institute for Literacy for Basic Literacy learners.
- Bridging Refugee Youth & Children’s Services offers a booklet titled, Raising Children in a New Country: An Illustrated Handbook. This resource can help foreign-born parents adjust to the different laws, norms, and practices related to raising children in the United States.
- Center For Adult English Language Acquisition (CAELA) has a collection of articles based on research called digests on many diverse topics for ESL and BL tutors.
- Dave’s ESL Cafe is an excellent resource that includes many links, activities, teacher tips, and lesson plans. This is a great starting point for teachers.
- EL/Civics Online is an online professional development resource created through the Adult Learning Resource Center (ALRC) and the U.S. government.
- EnglishPage.com provides free English lessons and exercises. It also offers links to a variety of ESL reading and listening resources.
- GCFLearnFree.org provides step-by-step instructions on a variety of math skills and computer topics. This site requires a good amount of reading, yet it is a good resource for higher-level students and their tutors.
- Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment, and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program.
- Learning Vocabulary Fun has a variety of word games to develop vocabulary skills.
- Safe Kids Worldwide offers easy-to-read materials about an assortment of safety topics.
- Understanding What Reading Is All About is a PDF that provides teaching materials and lessons for Adult Basic Education Learners from the National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL).