Tutoring For ESL Students

For ESL tutoring, please contact

Rob Stewart on:

Mobile – 0400 978 215

Email – rob@queenslandtutors.com.au



As babies and toddlers, children in all cultures learn to decode in the language they comprehend. When trying to read a text in a language they do not understand, reading comprehension cannot take place because they do not have the decoding skills to make sense of the new language. Children have to develop another set of decoding skills in order to be fluent, comprehensive participants in their second language.

Learning to read is a challenging task for single language learners, let alone students who may have English as their second, or even third, language. Second language learners find reading and comprehension a challenge because the connection between text and oral language is difficult to make. Often these children are orally fluent in English, but the cultural differences they encounter when reading text make reading and comprehension difficult to understand.


Queensland Tutors believes that with one-on-one tutoring, and even small group tutoring, ESL students can learn to decode and comprehend in their second language (English) more quickly than in a classroom situation. A specific Decoding and Comprehension programme, combined with strategies to help improve comprehension skills will be developed to help ESL students gain confidence in the classroom and improve not only their general literacy skills, but also their ability to research and write more accurately as well.


Below is an outline of some of the concepts we cover in helping ESL students improve their comprehension of the written language:


  • Assessment of literacy levels in relation to comprehension of English language using the TORC-3 and TORCH assessment tools;
  • Decoding and Phonological Awareness - ensuring students understand the sounds and combination of sounds made in the English alphabet;
  • Reading for meaning;
  • Interpreting language (meanings within words and phrases);
  • Finding the main idea of a piece of writing;
  • Be able to restate facts and details and recognising opinions;
  • Understanding the order of events (sequencing);
  • Comparing and Contrasting;
  • Predicting what will happen next;
  • Understanding the meaning of words in different contexts;
  • Drawing Conclusions;
  • Working out the purpose of the author; and
  • Summarising and synthesising ideas.


Learning how to decode is an important first step in being able to comprehend in any language. Comprehension and accuracy when decoding are not difficult to achieve but it takes consistency and training. Contact Queensland Tutors if your child is struggling with English as a Second Language and needs personal, professional help to understand what they are reading and to develop their comprehension and cultural literacy skills.