It’s a story that is common in the Greater Vancouver area. An immigrant family settles in the Lower Mainland and sends their kids off to school. These students want to get along, make new friends and do well in their classes. But unfortunately, they still haven’t mastered the English language. So they struggle.
Usually they take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes before entering regular classes at their grade level. ESL students are also called English Language Learners (ELL). These kids end up in an ESL classroom with other kids from their home country. It’s very comfortable. However, they spend a lot of time speaking their native language outside of class. At home they also speak their native language.
That’s why it’s important to have an ESL tutor visit their home. An ESL tutor coming to their home can engage the whole family in English conversation. Practice! Practice! Practice! Practice is the key ingredient to improving any skill, especially a language.
Here at School is Easy Tutoring, we know exactly what kinds of hurdles immigrants face when trying to adapt to life in Greater Vancouver. This knowledge usually makes us better equipped to instruct ESL students than the average English teacher. An English teacher with no ESL certification and ESL teaching experience will not have the same insights.
Our tutoring agency provides professional English as a Second Language tutoring services in the Lower Mainland. Whether you’re in Richmond, Burnaby, Surrey, Vancouver, Coquitlam, or any other Greater Vancouver community, we can help!
We send certified, Vancouver ESL tutors to the location of your choice. Whether it’s your house, the library, or any other study space, we’ll meet with you and give ESL help. Regardless of whether it’s English comprehension, vocabulary or conversational skills, we will identify the problems students are having. Then we develop a personalized lesson plan to tackle each issue. We also help students prepare for the TOEFL exam, IELTS exam, TOEIC exam and the LPI exam.
We pick only the best tutors to teach English. We start by putting candidates through an intensive screening processes. For example, we do criminal background checks on potential tutors and make sure they are qualified with a TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) certificate or an equivalent. We check their credentials and we contact their teaching references.
Our ESL tutors know it is hard to come to the Greater Vancouver area from a different culture and learn a new language. Our tutoring agency understands the obstacles facing immigrant or homestay students. This understanding allows our ESL tutors to develop personalized plans for each child.
Our private ESL tutors can easily assess the areas of weakness. Then they adapt their teaching style to tackle the issues.
We have 3 types of ESL teachers.
Is the student intimidated by speaking English in social settings? We can address that!
Is the student struggling with writing English? We can fix that too!
Our in-house ESL tutors utilize a step-by-step approach that is tailored specifically for non-native English speakers. We use a variety of tools to help them succeed. Here are some examples of methods we might use.
Something that we have noticed in the ESL teaching business is that parents are more than willing to invest in English language learning for their children, but they don’t invest in themselves. As a result, the parents have poor English skills and they depend on their children to interpret and translate. This is a shame! ESL parents could truly improve their life in Canada by learning the language. An ESL tutor can go to one student’s home and meet with a group of ESL parents from the neighborhood. The tutor can build a plan to teach the parents the necessary language for useful life skills such as going to the bank, shopping at the supermarket, getting a haircut, visiting the doctor/dentist etc…
An ESL tutor knows how to make other subjects in school accessible to people who are struggling with English. So let’s say we want to teach an ESL student math. A tutor with a TESL certification knows how to explain the subject in a way that makes sense to non-native English speakers. Here’s an example of how we might make a difficult math lesson accessible to a student.
As you can see, this is a much different approach to teaching English in a non-ESL environment! ESL teachers use strategies tailored to help newer Canadians, which gives them greater success rates with non-native speakers.
Pay attention to the interests of your children. Do they have inquisitive minds? Do they notice small details about the world around them? If so, hiring a ESL tutor in the Greater Vancouver from School is Easy Tutoring may be the right choice if you live in Greater Vancouver!