Tutor profile: Sherri T.
I'm having difficulty understanding pronunciation in French, particularly C and G. Can you help me?
Yes. I can help you. The same pronunciation rules, which are used in English, also apply in French. You may have already noticed that such words as "circus" and "garage" both have hard and soft Cs and Gs in them. If you take a closer look - you'll notice that the I in "circus" softens the first C; whereas, the U hardens the second C. In the word "garage" the A hardens the first G; whereas, the E softens the second G. The vowels A, O, and U harden Cs and Gs; whereas, the vowels I, E, and Y soften them. A second consonant also hardens Cs and Gs. Ex. "circle and "clock". In French, they also use the diacritical mark cedilla Ç to soften the C without using a vowel following it.
Subject: Library and Information Science
When do I need to cite information in my writing?
You will need to cite any information, which did not come from your own mind as an original thought/idea or from your own first-hand experience. Additionally, you will need to cite any information, which you paraphrased from another source. Don't forget to cite yourself if you quoted or paraphrased anything you had previously written in a research paper you wrote for a class since this would be considered self-plagiarism.
Subject: English as a Second Language
How do you enrich your tutoring sessions in ESL?
I enrich my tutoring/teaching English as a Second Language by using a variety of media. Ex. textbooks supplied by the school or student's teacher, a small whiteboard and dry erase marker, students’ questions, newspapers, magazines, a podcast, a recorded story from the radio, supplying recommendations for interesting books which would help to improve the student's literacy fluency (I am a trained Librarian and have many years experience working with children in libraries). In past experiences tutoring ESL, I have assisted my student in creating a grocery list, shopping with her for the ingredients at a local grocery store, and preparing the meal following recipes and package instructions. This could be altered to looking online or discussing a recipe while the student prepares it at their home/apartment. I have also reviewed English grammar, vocabulary, and provided assistance in English language conversation skills. Grammar and spelling have always been very important to me whether it be in English or in Russian, French, and German, which I studied in school. All in all, my students have seemed to appreciate my willingness to meet them where they were – providing them the opportunity to have non-textbook focused conversations to practice the English language, offering them feedback and corrections on their pronunciation, coaching them rather than lecturing them, helping them understand idioms, providing practical opportunities to use and practice English rather than solely studying the language with no room for discussion on unrelated matters or material, and using news items from their own culture as a sounding board for discussion in English in order to express their individual perspectives while encouraging them to converse in the English language. I believe that it is important for an ESL tutor to be open and available to help their students with whatever materials they need assistance - whether it be related to their class or not. Ex. If a student needs assistance understanding how to fill out a form, understand a news article or passage in a book or something their professor had said in class, to understand a restaurant menu or instructions for putting together furniture, etc., I would be glad to provide them assistance.
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