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  1. Nan in Mass

    Scholarships for skilled trades

    The Masons or the Rotary Club or some similar organization gave my son (and some other students) a trade school scholarship. Our local public school administered the scholarship. Nan
  2. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    I know. This person is not at all as she was described! I thought I would be teaching someone who was illiterate and not interested in reading and writing, someone who spoke no English at all. I could have done that. I could have taught her some survival English, by rote, and she would have been able to start interacting in the community. But she is starting someplace entirely different and wants much more. We were all taken off guard. I have taught people to read before but they were small children whom I saw every day and they already spoke English. Nan
  3. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    Thank you very much for the encouragement. Especially the do what I can and leave the rest up to her part. Phonograms? Nan
  4. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    School vocabulary is a good idea. Maybe we will do that after we do baby vocab. Finding what she is interested in would be good. If nothing else, it is something to talk about. Finding out about the books for story hour beforehand is a good idea, too. Thank you! Nan
  5. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    I will keep this in mind. I think quick success is what she needs, after her earlier failure.
  6. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    I keep meaning to do this myself with Spanish. Maybe I can find some youtube shows in English that she might find interesting. Maybe a cooking show?
  7. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    I am hoping it does turn out to be a great experience. At the moment I am too scared to appreciate my half. : ) I was looking at making phone flashcards myself for her because she can't read in English. With an easy-to-use phone app (any suggestions?), I could put a picture on one side and a recording of my voice on the other. I agree that it would be better for her to make her own flashcards and that paper would be much better, but I can't think how to do that at this point in time. There are no ESL classes at the high school. I am doing this through the organization that does this in my community. Help and guidance appears to be minimal. They are trying. Resources are scarce in my community and although this is a city, it is a small one. There is a bus system, but I don't know if my tutoree knows how to use it and it isn't an extensive system. I don't know if she has money for bus fare or babysitters. They tried to teach her to read and write English when she first arrived and got nowhere. They suspect learning difficulties. They said they thought she couldn't read Arabic, either. I have established that she can read read Arabic. I suspect she was in shock last time they tried (a few years ago). It could be, though, that she will have trouble learning to read. The agency gave me a few early readers - thin picture books with one word per page. I have no idea if she will feel insulted if I present her with one of these. It doesn't look like I am going to get much guidance on the learning to read and write part. I thought we'd tackle baby vocab first, since she has a baby and was excited to learn the word for stroller and bottle. Definitely didn't learn to read English in school. I asked her husband (whose English is better) if they spoke any other languages and they both laughed and said only Arabic. Thank you for your help, Nan
  8. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    A baby/toddler story time would be perfect! This is a brilliant idea. I will investigate. She is within walking distance of the library. And I will make enquiries about mosques. As far as I know, the nearest one is at least a three quarters of an hour drive away. But I will ask what our locals do. Maybe there is a closer option. A weekly visitor to practise with is a good idea. Nan
  9. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    She can't read, but maybe she could watch tv with her other children. If she has a tv. Although I know I had trouble making myself sit through children's programs when my children were small - I kept thinking I should be doing something else. It would be good if she would do it. Nan
  10. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    This tutoring is the only ESL class within her reach, unfortunately. She has waited a long time for a tutor. Tutors are in high demand and she failed when she first arrived here (I am guessing she was still in shock) so people are unwilling to try again. And then there is the issue of the baby. This is why I have been dragged in. I agree that she is not likely to get far in just an hour a week. Maybe she will let me take her grocery shopping. If nothing else, it would get the grocery shopping done. Role playing would be good, but how do I explain role playing to her with her limited English? Nan
  11. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    Not too simple a suggestion. About the only help with the actual teaching part that I was given by the organization was a picture dictionary! We used it to work on baby words like stroller. I turned my useless school French into something more useful by reading kid books. Our library is small and I doubt has much in Arabic, but I will look in the children's section. She doesn't read English yet, but seeing the words in English under the picture might help her learn to read. Nan
  12. Nan in Mass

    Flashcard apps for phones

    I like TinyCards but I can't make it do audio, at least when making a deck on my phone. I haven't tried on a laptop. I really really need the audio. This is for an adult trying to learn English who can't read our alphabet. Nan
  13. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    And thank you for the encouragement!
  14. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    Oh - and thank you for telling me about Duolingo! I use that for Japanese (in a casual sort of way) and was thinking something like that might be doable.
  15. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    Thank you! And I forgot about its being Ramadan. Well, not forgot. I knew. I just forgot to apply it to this situation. Obviously, I have a lot to learn. Nan
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