Online tutoring and the need for English speaking tutors for Haiti

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    THANK YOU for being a tutor on one of the most exciting projects I have seen in a while.  We will be helping Haitians learn English.  This may not seem like much, but will be a huge step in helping the country advance out of the horrible economic conditions that many now reside. 

    Why English?  Because Haiti is geographically near the largest economy in the world (USA) where English is the main language.  By speaking English, Haitians will be able to do business with and communicate with others outside their country.  This will be both online and in person (for instance: there are now 4 major US based hotel chains opening in Haiti--speaking English will be a big help in getting work). 

    Teaching English online will not be easy.  Please please please stick with it.  Slow progress is better than no progress. As my friend  Robinson (whose school located in Gonaives Haiti will likely be a part of this soon) said: 
    "Bit by bit the bird builds its nest" . 

    Some tips:

    1. Have a definite plan in mind.  For instance "Today we will learn how to speak about food."  Or "Today we will learn about common phrases".  Or "Today we will learn about tools"  etc.

    2. Give homework.  A month is too long to be away from it.  Give homework for them to do.  It can be simple: "find the English names for 10 items" or "Read a single article in English".

    3. Be patient.  It is scary for both sides and internet connection issues may make it worse.  But this is a long journey.  We hope that this grows and creates ripples whereby those being taught can go and teach others.  

    If you have other tips, please let us/me know.  We really can not thank you enough for giving up some of your time to help a fellow human being improve his/her life.  THANK YOU!

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    Welcome to the BonaResponds online tutoring program by Bona Responds

    We are starting an online tutoring program. Welcome to it! We'd love you to help tutor someone for even just a few hours a month. It will be a great program, ONLY if volunteers help.

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    Tutoring program

    An APPROXIMATE transcript of the SoundCloud audio introduction

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    What do Haitians speak?

    Creole - not French - is the language of Haiti, and the education system needs to reflect that.

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    Haitian-American Institute Homepage

    The Institute has two goals: Teaching English, and Promoting Culture. Teaching English. With the dedication of our teachers, approximately 2,500 students per day attend classes. To date, over 100,000 students have studied English and successfully pursued a wide variety of professions, both locally and abroad.

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    Online English class a draw for Haiti survivors

    Teaching by video from the U.S., Americans instruct Haitians in post-earthquake tent camps in the English the survivors say they need. The textbook is about a family that lost its home in the quake. Reporting from Port-au-Prince, Haiti - Two dozen Haitian students manage a ragged unison in their stab at English.

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    How to Teach English to Kids (and Adults)

    Good background and some ideas... This past week I've been going out a lot. I usually come to Darbonne to use the internet once a week, and go out another once or twice for something else going on. But when I left this morning, the kids were saying I go to Darbonne every day...almost true this week.

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    How to Teach ESL to Haitian Students

    THIS IS GREAT! Teaching English as a second language (ESL) to Haitian students can be both extremely rewarding and challenging. Cultural differences and the general lack of equipment or resources require you to adapt your teaching methods to properly fulfill the needs of your students. By planning your lessons carefully and organizing appropriate activities, you...

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    Oxford Picture Dictionary English-Haitian Creole: Bilingual Dictionary for Haitian Creole speaking teenage and adult students of English

    Text: English, Creole (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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    English for Haitian Speakers, Unit 1 by Dr. Paul Pimsleur on Free Audio Download

    Free Stuff in These Categories Find More Titles by Product Details Description The Pimsleur® Method has worked for millions all over the world. Totally portable; simple to use; Pimsleur works so you don't have to. English for Haitian Creole Speakers Phase 1, Unit 1 contains 30 minutes of spoken language practice, with an introductory conversation, and isolated vocabulary and structures.

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    Google Translate

    Google's free online language translation service instantly translates text and web pages.

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    Useful phrases in Haitian Creole

    Some useful phrases in Haitian Creole with their English equivalents and some recordings, and links to other sites with more phrases.

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    Build a School in the Cloud

    You owe it to yourself to watch this. The Grandmother part (about 16 minutes in, is EXACTLY what I envision.

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    English Words - KinderSay

    KinderSay is a free online video website to help your preschooler or ESL child learn English!

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