Posted: 7 May 2020
Author: Rochelle Galeski, Medicine Hat College
Found in: Tutors and Volunteers
Tutor and learner – A home phone or cell phone
Coordinator – Access to a printer and ESL Bow Valley Readers
As we navigate this new world of delivering programs and tutoring to adults in our communities, I wanted to share what A.B.L.E MHC Brooks Campus has been doing.
As I am sure many of you are experiencing, not all learners have the digital skills, data plans or the required devices to learn online through Zoom or other video conferencing platforms.
In order to meet learners where they are at, I decided to implement the Read by Site and Sound methodology but with Bow Valley College ESL Literacy Readers. The Bow Valley ESL readers are leveled books available online for free and can be digitally read to learners. (For more information on Read by Site and Sound contact Karen Plourde, ph: 780-829-2749)
Like the learner, the tutor also has a copy of the ESL Readers in front of them. They access the readers through the website or can have the books delivered to their doorstep or via Canada post if they cannot access the internet.
I hope this process helps to support some of your learners. https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/tools/esl-literacy-readers
Is anyone else taking an approach like this that does not require digital skills or devices to learn? I truly hope you are all staying healthy and hopeful.
SAMPLE Instruction Sheet:
These books can be read to you online. Go to: https://globalaccess.bowvalleycollege.ca/learners/readers.php
Click on the first book on the list below.
Every day for 10 minutes, you will read one of these books for 5 days.
Every week you will call your tutor and read the book to her over the phone.
You can ask questions to your tutor and she will answer them.
Book # 1: (WEEK 1) Lien Buys Food (Read this book every day for 10 minutes for 5 days).
Book #2: (WEEK 2) Mo Stays Warm (Read this book every day for 10 minutes for 5 days).
Book #3: (WEEK 3) Food from Home (Read this book every day for 10 minutes for 5 days).
Coordinator, Medicine Hat College A.B.L.E