Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Guidelines for Online Tutors-Understand Language Differences

It can always be a challenge to manage a tutoring session when the tutor and tutee do not speak the same native language

While giving the lesson
  • Personalize the environment
  • Encourage introductions – introduce yourself. do it with empathy, using a friendly, on-patronizing tone
  • Use names when addressing responses to students – comment on personal things they have mentioned
  • Speak clearly, and naturally
  • Use an informal writing style but model correct grammar and spelling
  • Use repetition
  • Frequently ask the student if what you are saying makes sense
  • Ask students to become the tutor and explain the concept to you
  • Use restatement to clarify the student's response--I think you said...
  • If the student does not understand you, write down what you are saying.
  • If you do not understand the student, ask them to write what they are saying
  • Encourage students to read and to use their dictionaries
  • Be aware that students cannot see your nonverbal behavior – avoid sarcasm
  • Do so clearly and concisely, avoiding unnecessary use of jargon
  • Avoid sexism, racism, ageism or other discriminatory behavior


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sumaya754 said...

There are huge difference between academic education and online education.Those students afraid there academic education for them online education system is the best.It can always be a challenge to manage a tutoring session when the tutor and tutee do not speak the same native language .

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