Are you struggling with English as a second language (ESL)? Our Edmonton tutoring company can provide you with an at-home, private ESL tutor in Edmonton or Red Deer. Our ESL tutors can work with groups of students, or one-on-one with an individual. We can also tutor in nearby communities, and provide online ESL tutoring for all of Northern Alberta.
ESL tutors at our agency come qualified. Minimum Requirements for our ESL tutors are as follows:
- TESL/TESOL/TEFL certificate (for teaching English as a second language)
- Four year University degree
- 2 years of successful teaching experience
- Clear criminal record
English language proficiency can open up doors in education and future careers. Our tutors know that English can be hard – and often confusing – for those new to the language. If you’re reading this page, you may feel you need the extra help. If you feel a course or local community resource is not enough to help you improve your English, it is reasonable to seek a tutor.
Our ESL tutors in Edmonton can be more effective at teaching English, since they work with you personally to find out where your main weaknesses are. Sometimes, once you get over the most difficult learning phase, English skills can be acquired faster, and even become fun to use!
Even if you feel you are fine at using English socially, sometimes more is needed. When you work in academic or business careers, English vocabulary and grammar can become more specialized. While you may or may not need to pass a test for these reasons, improving English language skills with a private tutor is a great way to keep practicing on a regular schedule.
Use an Edmonton ESL tutor to prepare for a language proficiency test, or to pass an English course
Our private tutors are able to help you when it comes to passing a specific test to prove your English language proficiency (ELP). Edmonton-area colleges and universities (such as the University of Alberta, NAIT, MacEwan University and NorQuest College) require an ELP test to be accepted as a student to their programs, if you have not studied in Canada before.
Our ESL tutors can help you improve your scores on the following ELP tests:
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment
- Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) (for permanent resident status in Canada or Canadian citizenship)
- Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees (CanTEST)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL®)
- Test Of English for International Communication (TOEIC®)
- Cambridge English Language Assessment (formerly Cambridge ESOL)
- Pearson Test of English Academic
- Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- Spoken Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) Test
- Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT) (for the English components, or the ESL Adult Literacy Test, if you feel you need help with it)
- NAIT’s English Placement Test (for entrance to their ESL program, if you want the extra preparation help)
- Canadian Language Benchmarks Assessment (CLB)
- Canadian English Language Benchmark Assessment for Nurses (CELBAN)
For those in elementary and high school needing help with ESL, we can also tutor in the following Alberta Education-based courses:
- English as a Second Language (K–6)
- English as a Second Language (7–9)
- English as a Second Language (10–12)
Receive comprehensive ESL help in all areas of English study: speaking, reading, writing and listening
Getting ESL help needs to focus on your language weaknesses, while allowing you to practise your existing language skills. Learning a new language takes constant usage to ‘keep’ in your memory. Here are some of the ways we can help you with the four aspects of studying English:
Training in speaking English:
Our tutors will work with you to practice pronunciation, intonation and oral communication. We will also help you read aloud your texts, so that you can learn how the words are sounded out, and applied in speech. Dialog practice can include conversations about your favourite topics, or the topics you need to perfect your spoken English in. For example, if you want to become a technologist, you will learn to speak about technology subjects, and so on. We will also improve your spoken English by not being afraid to correct you if you make a mistake. Our tutors will help you increase your vocabulary and will help you learn colloquial English including well know idioms. Along with the language they will also teach you about body language, cultural nuances and customs.
Reading and comprehending text in English:
With reading, an ESL student needs to learn multiple skills that are often ‘hidden’ because they happen in the mind. An ESL tutor can help by asking the student to read aloud, and to repeat what the text is saying, but in their own words. Through an assessment, the tutor can then help the student recognize core words, or grammar structures, that could change the meaning of what has been read, if mistakes take place. Reading in English is hard, because there are often silent letters and ‘illogical’ spellings of words. Words can also transform when changing tense, plurality, or other grammatical circumstances. So, a tutor can help a student with memorization tasks to remember these words and patterns.
Teaching English writing skills:
Writing in English is not just about learning grammar, spelling and vocabulary. A person’s thoughts need to be sequential and organized. They need to be able to communicate what they want to say, so that another person will understand. It is about focusing on how your writing will be interpreted and read by others. A tutor can help an ESL student by teaching how to organize their thoughts, and how to structure their writing according to the norms practiced in English. This can be a challenge while so many other learning processes are going on at the same time. Learning to write in English takes consistent practice. It is greatly improved when you can be corrected by a trained teacher specializing in the language.
Using listening skills in English:
For the final piece, ESL students can be given instruction in listening skills. A tutor can do this at the same time as speaking training. Or, a tutor can get creative by taking the student out to common places they will need to use their English listening skills. For example, learning to receive directions by asking someone how to get somewhere, or do something. Or going to a lecture, and then repeating what was heard, in their own words. A tutor can also gradually increase the difficulty level for the student so the student experiences success and challenge simultaneously.
There’s an ESL tutor in Edmonton or Red Deer waiting to help you with English skills!
Call us today, and we’ll help to match you with an ESL tutor in your area, near Edmonton or Red Deer. We aim to do this within 48 hours, so you don’t have to wait too long to receive the help you need. Remember, we also provide online ESL tutors for all of Northern Alberta!