Learning English as a second language can be difficult to learn in a formal setting. Informal settings release the pressure from the learning environment and allow the student to feel at ease in the environment, therefore being able to absorb more.
English as a second language (ESL) tutoring sessions can range from basic exchange of conversation; these sessions can be arranged with two people wishing to benefit from learning the native language of the tutoring partner. It allows the two people to converse on a level of language that we use on a daily basis.
Informal tutoring sessions also create higher levels of reading comprehension through the use of everyday texts like: newspapers, magazines and letters and because these reading comprehension tools are being used, participants maintain an interest at the same time as learning the culture of the language.
Personal tutoring is referred to as face to face conversation. This has been proven to be the fastest and most effective way of learning a new language. The conversational tone also allows the speaker to learn phrases and slang that are not learned in a language classroom. These phrases are often avoided with the classroom, as they do not adhere to the basic language curriculum, but the phrases are necessary when traveling to another country.
There are two other additional concepts used in informal tutoring, these are: pen pal, or emailing and text, or voice chatting via the internet. Although these additional methods can be helpful, the verbal cues provided in face to face information tutoring lead to both improving English and learning English as a second language quicker and more effective.