Volunteer Judy explains how she’s providing remote language support.
A and I are learning together remotely. We both have copies of The Boy at the Back of the Class (Onjali Rauf), which A reads aloud to me. I check understanding and pronunciation, making notes for areas to reinforce later. I use screensharing, preparing questions or visual backup in advance. I send pre-lesson prompts and follow-up notes relating to one or two keywords on WhatsApp.
I also use screenshare for starter activities which I’ve been choosing somewhat at random as I learn more about A’s level of understanding. My background is in secondary English teaching but I am learning more about ESOL as we work together. I am helped by A's enthusiasm and I hope the regular contact will boost his confidence and understanding.