How does developing strong writing skills benefit a student both in school and in their academic and real life experiences?
Writing is one of the most important life-long skills that any student can cultivate. Moving from a bachelors degree to a masters and possibly to a doctorate requires strong writing skills to carry the goals and dreams forward. There are many possible writing majors for those who know they want a college degree and career in writing: technical, medical and science, business, creative writing, English literature and journalism to name just a few. The most important characteristic to consider for a writing career is what kind of writing the student plans to do in their professional future. Once a student finds that writing can be immensely satisfying, both personally and professionally, they will indefinitely incorporate it into their lives.
Why does online tutoring help an ESL student to learn English more rapidly and develop a trusting relationship with the tutor?
In my past experience of tutoring both Japanese and Thai students, there can be some culturally embedded embarrassment in terms of accepting academic failure. For example, my Thai student was sent to the U.S. to earn a masters degree in planning and was failing writing. She was deeply concerned that she was embarrassing her government and would be asked to return after her first year because of her low grades in writing. I was able to help her gain confidence in her writing and pass courses. Online tutoring is a private way of learning that removes all or most of the cultural embarrassment for ESL students through keeping it confidential and more emotionally acceptable.
Why do useful words and phrases that are often used during an English lesson helpful in building a more solid foundation of vocabulary use, for both native speakers and ESL students?
The use of English words and phrases is a good beginning step for encouraging students to feel comfortable in learning more about their native language or a foreign language. In so far as ESL students are concerned, they are able to more rapidly begin to “think” in that language due to the use of phrases. Because phrases consist of several words, mastering new words in context enables the student to learn: As easy as pie The acid test Once in a blue moon Between a rock and a hard place Double whammy Security blanket We hear these phrases all of the time because they are incorporated into the English language by generations of learners. I especially enjoy the game Rock/Paper/Scissors because it encourages fast thinking and a lot of laughs while learning.