Wow! I am so excited about last night's TIE meeting. It was great. We had 3 students come and participate in the discussions. We had 2 new tutors come to see what we are all about. We had 14 tutors and the three of us from staff. It was great! We discussed student's preferences and tutor's issues and joys.
If you are a tutor and were not able to come, I hope you will come to the next one. I was asked to try to get speakers for topics like how to work on pronunciation challenges, cultural awareness, how to use literature in class, and how to incorporate new students in established classes.
I took this picture a bit before all the tutors and students arrived but then things got busy and I didn't get any more taken.
Our TIE meeting today was very interesting. We had a student come and speak with us about the cultural differences between here and Latin America and then as an added benefit, three other students came and shared. The tutors were able to ask questions and the students were able to give us answers from their point of view. It was great and we might try to do it again.
We have enjoyed our TIE meetings at the different coffee shops that we have met at this year but we are going to curtail the exploration of our area businesses and come back to having the meetings at the Community Center. The noise in the shops is just to much to contend with.
Because we can't always count on having space in the classrooms to meet, we are contemplating moving the meetings to Monday or Wednesdays so that we can use the meeting room upstairs.If this would pose a problem for you please let us know. We can't please all the people but would like to please as many as possible.
Thanks for your flexibility and please let us know what you think as soon as possible.
Thought I would post this resource here, as well as on FaceBook. I know some of you don't want to go onto FaceBook, so thought I would post our once a month resource here too. There are about 50 of these traffic related 8x10" signs in the resource room closet. They could make for an interesting class.
We met at the Glaze for our TIE meeting on the twelfth. Cathy Meuret and Alma Castillo from Chelan-Douglas Health District came to speak to us about health issues and ways that we could help our students adjust to American health culture. Did you know that in some places in Latin America, mothers wrap their babies up so that they are warmer when they have a temperature?
Did you know that many people in Mexico just feel a child's forehead when they are not feeling well, rather than using a thermometer?
Some of our tutors brought up that their students don't measure when they cook but "just know" the amounts to put in. Cathy said we should work with our students on measuring accuracy for medicine.
There were many other cultural health and homemaking issues that we talked about covering with students but the tutors that were at the TIE wanted more information. On the 9th of February we will have our next TIE meeting and hope to have a student come and share with us about life in rural Latin America on the home front. More about how they do things differently.
We have a speaker for our January TIE Meeting!
I am getting the word out early that we are having a TIE meeting on January 12th at the Glaze Bakery. According to my survey, the majority of responders, still wanted the early meeting. That
means 9:00 at the Glaze.
We have a speaker coming so I would like to have a good turnout. Please mark your calendars now.
Cathy Meuret manages the Health District's community health improvement program activities for Chelan and Douglas counties. Cathy is in charge of the health education program and curricula development for Confluence Health. She will be sharing with us about how you can use health information in your classrooms.
As you can guess, I would like to have a good turnout for Cathy. Please let us know if you WILL be able to make it OR NOT.
Our December meeting was sort of "on again, off again" because of the weather but in the end there were a couple of us that met at the Great Harvest Bakery. Donna Titleman, Rebecca Barrett, and Ilona Brutskaya met with Anwen and I (Kay) and we worked together to help Ilona feel more comfortable with starting her class and gave Donna some pointers on working with very beginners. It was a great place to meet and hopefully we can do it again when we have another TIE.
Literacy Council of Chelan and Douglas Counties
November 8 ·
Our TIE meeting was held at the Glaze bakery in East Wenatchee this month and we had a great time. All tutors were invited but we only had about 6 people there. This is a Tutor Information Exchange meeting where we discuss tutor questions and exchange ideas for improving our classes. It is also just a good chance to get to know each other. The meeting was from 9:00 until 10:00 but people hung around to talk a bit after 10:00. Rebecca Barrett said, "I enjoyed, so much, the chance to bounce some ideas off of other tutors. Every tutor has their own style but hearing how others solve problems we all have was inspiring." We had a good exchange of ideas and the food was terrific. I think I am going to like having the TIE (Tutor Information Exchange) at different sites in our area. If you see a tutor that you are familiar with in the picture, ask her about the TIE meetings.
Wow! It has been a long time. The summer went so quickly in many ways and now we are ready to move into a great fall season. Our second TIE meeting was last Thursday at 9:00 at Cafe Columbia. We had said that we would try this new format and the tutors who attended seemed to enjoy it. It was a little slow to start as we all got our drinks or muffins, but that was a good time to just visit and get to know who everyone is.
As we began some of the tutors were talking about how the new classes were going and some talking about how anxious they were to get their new classes started.
I then shared some ideas on how to use reading with your students and everyone chipped in an idea or two. I told the everyone that I would share the websites that I had visited for information so I will start with bit.ly/2e7iWM7 . This will take you to One Stop English and the article on Using Readers in the EFL/ESL classroom.
As most of you know the Busy Teacher site this is one of my favorites. busyteacher.org/4035-how-to-teach-a-perfect-reading-lesson.html will take you there. It is always so easy to understand and takes a step by step approach.
Ways of increasing student talk time is a subject that is often brought up at TIE meetings. These tips are from Intercambio, the people we get our curriculum from. bit.ly/2e7rUIX will give you some great tips on getting your students to talk.
Not all of this information was discussed at the TIE because of time constraints but hopefully you will glean some helpful information to use in your classes. I hope it will also encourage you to come and participate at our next TIE so that you can give some feedback and ask some questions too. This type of event is always better with more people to exchange ideas.
Goodbye until next month.
This Thursday, April 7th, we will be having a TIE meeting from 1:30 until 2:30 and talk about using the videos and websites for your lessons. Mary Saltsman and TJ Boteilho will be showing us how they use the web to help their students and make class more interesting. I have several places to take you and activities to show you. I just hope we have enough time. We are not going to just talk about them. We will go there and try them. Remember, we have laptops and wi-fi for your use.
Hope we see you there!
Everyone likes to talk about the things that they like, and your students are no exceptions.When we like something we are passionate about it, and we want others to share that passion. That’s why getting students to talk about their favorite things is a great way to promote discussion in the ESL classroom. More than that, everyone has different favorites, and your students are sure to disagree when it comes to what is best. That kind of disagreement also promotes discussion. So get ready to have your students talk up a storm with these simple activities that get them talking about a few of their favorite things.
3 Conversation Activities to Get Your Students Talking Up a Storm
Literacy Council Staff