LVCC Has Been Tutoring English To Adults Since 1984
English for Adults:
English as a Second Language (ESL), also called English as a Foreign Language (EFL), is an English language study program for nonnative speakers. Most ESL programs have small classes so that students receive individual attention from their teachers. Students study English and also participate in the cultural and social activities of the school and community where they study.
The goal of an ESL program is to improve the students’ level of English. ESL classes teach different language skills, depending on students’ English abilities, interests, and needs. All programs teach the following: conversational English, grammar, reading, listening comprehension, writing, and vocabulary.
Many people go to ESL schools to prepare for study at a College or University. In this case, students can choose an intensive program that teaches academic English. Other students study at ESL schools to improve their English for travel or social purposes. They can study in General English classes to practice conversational English and learn the skills necessary for communicating in many different situations. Business English courses are also available for students who want to learn the specific vocabulary and communication skills necessary for doing business in English.
The student and tutor collaborate to set goals with student progress assessed regularly. Tutors prepare lesson plans for each session and meet their students once or twice a week for at least one hour.
One-on-One tutoring takes place in local libraries, community centers, church facilities, educational and social service centers in Collier County as well as the LVCC offices – any public place that is convenience for both the student and the tutor.
All tutors are certified by ProLiteracy America, a national organization. Using a wide range of resource materials such as ExpressWays, a four level course for English learners. Our tutors teach English to speakers of other languages and those individuals needing improvement in basic English skills.
Students are charged a one-time cost of $50 to offset the materials costs when they are assigned a tutor.
Group classes of three to 10 students are held weekly at the LVCC office covering beginning, intermediate and upper levels. These classes provide a learning opportunity for those who have similar English skills and reduce the number of students waiting for a tutor. In addition, some of the classes focus only on English conversation helping upper level students become more fluent in speaking English. These classes are 1 to 1½ hours in length and require more preparation on the part of instructors. Some classes have two tutors, both working with the student group.
Students are charged a one-time cost of $25 to offset the materials costs when they are assigned to a class.
Staff support for both one-on-one and group classes includes the testing and interviewing of all the students who attend the classes at the LVCC center or students attending elsewhere. The LVCC staff helps tutors both at the LVCC center and off-site, providing guidance and support, including appropriate student materials and texts, establishing liaison with personnel from off-site centers, setting class schedules, assessing student levels, and keeping student records.