A Tutoring Success Story

January 28, 2010 at 9:00 AM | Posted in Development, Tutoring, Volunteers | Comments Off on A Tutoring Success Story

Here at the Literacy Council, we reassess our ESOL tutoring students after every 40 hours of instruction.  Of course, these testing results constitute only one measurement of success:  Different students learn at different rates, there are many types of progress that are not captured in a test, and everyone has a bad day now and then.   Nevertheless, I look forward to receiving the results since, more often than not, our students’ scores increase appreciably.

The case of Aicha, a Moroccan woman who never had the opportunity to attend school, especially gladdened my heart last month.   Recently separated from her husband, she desperately needed to learn English in order to take the bus, read signs, and generally function independently.  Before starting her tutoring, she only scored 13 out of 81 points on the test of oral English and 7 out of 45 points on the reading and writing test.  After 40 hours of one-on-one instruction, her test score rose to 52 on the oral test (an increase of 4 SPL levels) while her score on the reading and writing test doubled.  She now can carry on simple conversations and read simple words.  She has also mastered basic life skills, such as telling time and identifying the values of coins and bills.  She and her tutor are so motivated and work so well together.  I can’t wait to see the progress she will make on her next 40 hour assessment.

Elise Bruml, Tutoring Programs Director

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