Whether or not you attended training workshops for a specific ESL program,
but especially if you did not receive any training or have little prior
experience with teaching or tutoring, you may feel apprehensive, even
overwhelmed, when you begin your ESL volunteer experience. Many questions may be
rolling around your mind. Will you be a good teacher? What will the students
expect from you? How do you plan lessons? Where can you find teaching materials?
How will you communicate with a student who doesn't speak English? Questions
like these are addressed throughout this guide; this section will focus on basic
teaching principles and practical issues.