Peer Tutoring for English Language Learners

Peer Tutoring for English Language Learners

In partnership with Model Teaching, an industry leader in supporting educators, this course teaches you the advantages of implementing peer tutoring strategies for English Language Learners (ELLs) in various subjects, focusing on literacy and math skills to address academic challenges and promote peer support. Model Teaching's Mission is to improve student performance by directly supporting teachers with quality content and resources. You will learn the step-by-step process of how to design a peer tutoring program and how to implement it in your classroom or on campus.

3 Months Access / 8 Course Hrs
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This course provides you with a comprehensive plan for implementing a peer tutoring program into your classroom. You will learn about what peer tutoring is and its benefits, particularly for English Language Learners (ELLs). You will plan how to select your student participants/student tutors, strategies for training your students, and guidance for monitoring and rewarding progress. You will learn specific strategies you can teach peer tutors to support in reading fluency, writing skills, and math proficiency.

By the end of the course, you will have built a complete peer tutoring plan ready for implementation, using the many resources and templates provided and ready for use in an upcoming peer tutoring session.


  1. Peer Tutoring and its Benefits
    1. The definition of peer tutoring
    2. The academic and socio-emotional benefits of peer tutoring, particularly for your ELLs
  2. The Logistics of Peer Tutoring
    1. When to use peer tutoring
    2. How to select students to participate
    3. How to train and reward tutors
  3. Peer Tutoring Strategies
    1. Two strategies that can improve reading fluency and comprehension
    2. Two strategies for improving writing skills
    3. Two strategies to support math skills
  4. Monitoring Your Peer Tutoring Program
    1. How to monitor and support your peer tutors
    2. How to track the progress of your ELLs
    3. How to determine the overall effectiveness of peer tutoring
  5. Putting it All Together
    1. Using the sample provided, build your own peer tutoring plan for a group of students.
  6. Applying What you Have Learned
    1. Get ideas on how to implement the concepts into your classroom, find a list of online resources that feature peer tutoring ideas, and read the research behind this type of support in the classroom



There are no prerequisites to take this course.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
  • Editing of a Microsoft Word document is required in this course. You may use a free version of Microsoft Word Online, or Google Docs if you do not have Microsoft Office installed on your computer. Model Teaching can provide support for this.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

Self-Guided Course Code: T14733