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  1. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    Just thought I would update this and thank everyone for the most excellent, helpful information! It turns out that my student has found her own way to study English. She has acquired a play list of English for Arabic speakers youtube videos. What she wants me to teach her is to read and write, desperately wants. That has simplified things enormously. I asked her to write my name in Arabic and she could, so I know that she can do phonetics in her own language. We are communicating using google translate, albeit with some difficulty because that seems to give the translation in standard Arabic. So far, she has managed ok. I am finding that the same quick-and-dirty method of teaching reading that I used with my children is working fine for her. Our biggest problem is her accent. Sometimes, I have to tell her the sound of a letter by saying it the way she would, for example, lightly rolling the r's rather than growling them or skipping them, the way we do in New England. Not exactly ideal, but it works. English vowels are horrible, and I have to try to be really consistent about pronouncing things the same way. I think she may be hearing sounds that I don't mean to put in. We are making progress though! Just wanted to thank everyone. Nan
  2. Nan in Mass

    Book a Week 2018 - BW26: Halfway Down

    Just checking in to say hi to everyone. Life has been extra busy recently so I haven't been around, but I am sure it will shift again eventually and I will be back regularly again. (Jane, in case that worries you, Mum is fine, just needing me there every day now since her arthritis is worse. We have been doing a lot of gardening. : ) I am just working away from home for 7 days a week now, which makes things a bit complicated.) I have been reading lots, mostly as audio books in the car or while doing chores - many rereads, Dune books, Ender's Game books, some Neizte (terribly slowly - one of the perils of homeschooling is that your adult children continue to discuss their reading with you), assorted scifi/fantasy, some running books (another peril of homeschooling is that when your adult children are learning something, you want to learn, too). Interestingly, the coach in Chi Running kept saying the same things my ballet instructor says. It is a book about the crossover between Tai Chi and running. Apparently it crosses over to dance, as well. Another peril of homeschooling is that your less booky adult children expect you to continue to supply them with reading matter, so the annual hunt for adult male reading matter is on, since some are joining us for vacation and some are shipping out soon. In order to go on vacation, I need to leave books with my mother. Her burn rate is about a book a day, if I am not there. Fortunately, she likes to reread, so I don't need a summer's worth of new books, but that is still a lot of books. (Jane, she loved the books you recommended this winter!) Life has been pretty busy. We have had 5 clan graduations, several birthdays, and a funeral this May/June, on top of everything else. To balance spending all that time with someone moving in slow motion, I am doing nine dance classes a week. It was hard work at first, but I feel great now. I have now confirmed something I have been suspicious of for years - I have to move hard for two hours a day to feel ok. I was disintegrating before I began all the dance classes. I miss everyone. : ) Nan
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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.
  8. 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?
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Nan in Mass

    How to teach English to an adult Arabic speaker

    And thank you for the encouragement!
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