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    By stephanie

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    I am not sure that it would necessarily be illegal to have the student stay after for help. However, I would have to agree with you that the student should probably be recieving some ESL services during the school day. I am not sure what state you are in, but I would imagine that you could find out what the requirements are by asking. I know that we are given a certain amount of money for the education of each of our ESL students and that money is there to provide services to those students. I am not sure about the time of services requirements, but I can't imagine that it would be OK to say that the only time the student will be recieving services is after school. Also, I would be curious to know whether the tutor is being paid out of the funds set aside for that students education. In the mean time, you may want to go to Rick's ESL cafe (on the internet) and check out some of the online programs that you could possibly use with your student. dictionary.com also has an area where you can type directions etc. in English and it will translate them to your student's native langauge. I have my ESL students do their assignments in their native language and then give them time to translate back to English using the internet. Some of the reading programs and teasure hunt type games available are also good tools to have. No, it is not authentic learning, but it does introduce some vocabulary that they can then translate into their everyday interactions. I know that this can be a very difficult and frustrating situation to be in, but it can also be some of the most rewarding teaching you will ever do. Good luck!:)

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