Volume 60 | September 24, 2022

Tutoring in Autumn


It's that time of the year again when the hours of daylight become shorter for those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere. As the sun begins to sink lower in the sky and the night becomes chilly and dark, before we even notice the changing colors with our eyes, our other senses tell us that the energy of summer has come to an end in the northern half of the world.

This year, the Autumn Equinox arrived on September 22nd. Many welcome this change of seasons with traditional celebrations, symbols, and festivities. And with that come plenty of vocabulary words and activities that you can share with your student. 


As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions or need help with tutoring strategies. Be well and take care.


With gratitude and hope,

Carol Garcia

Your Tutor Support Specialist

Tutor Engagement


Activate your student’s current knowledge about fall

  • Show your student a picture that captures the fall season.
  • Start with a simple question, such as “What season comes after summer?” to begin.
  • If they have experienced a fall in the United States, ask what they’ve noticed that is different about this time of year.
  • Encourage your student to share what is special about the fall season in their country. 
  • If your student comes from a country without four distinctive seasons, ask about what they know about fall from reading books, watching TV, or seeing movies. 
  • Introduce and review specific vocabulary on a fall theme.
  • Incorporate the five senses of fall.

Brainstorm fall activities

  • Discuss what people commonly do in the fall. 
  • What traditions did they follow in their own country and culture? 
  • In what fall activities do people in other countries/cultures participate?
  • Fall activities to introduce to your student include:

           collecting autumn leaves

           walking through leaves

           going on a fall foliage drive

           visiting a pumpkin patch or carving a pumpkin

           raking leaves

           discussing Halloween and Thanksgiving

           falling back to end daylight saving time

           getting a flu shot

Resources for Your Student

Day of the Dead

White Oak Library District, the Stanford Latino Alumni Association Chicago Chapter, and REFORMA have partnered to create a Community Altar at the Crest Hill Branch Library to commemorate the cultural significance of el Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

English flyer

Spanish flyer

Community Resources

Free Chromebook Giveaway to People’s Resource Center (PRC) clients and their families on October 4th.

LIHEAP opened applications for the new program year, which started September 1, for residents who qualify for home energy payment assistance.


On October 13th, join WorkNetDuPage in Lisle for a health insurance literacy program:

A Guide to Understanding Your Benefits and Health Coverage Options.

Free or low-cost Internet service for senior citizens.

For many more resources to benefit your student, visit our website:



Activities for Your Lessons

Try a few new items!




Lesson Plan on Thanksgiving

  • https://www.fluentu.com/blog/educator-english/esl-thanksgiving-lesson/


Lesson Plan



Need help? Reach out to Carol Garcia, your Tutor Support Specialist!

Facebook  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube  Linkedin