I was wondering if you could help me with some suggestions for a new student.
I've been asked to take some trial lessons with an adult student who I am told has very basic English (as far as I understand she knows the alphabet and a few words but not much else).
I believe she would like help learning how to form sentences before moving on to more complex things. I was wondering whether you could suggest any techniques to approach this (i.e. start by teaching some new vocabulary, moving on to basic sentences such as "my name is...")
As a very inexperienced (and unqualified) teacher I am a little worried about this. I want to do a good job, but am worried that I will have to communicate more in Russian (my student's first language) than in English. Having fairly basic Russian speaking skills myself would you suggest it is better to jump straight in to speaking English as much as possible (i.e. so that even if the student doesn't understand everything, at least she is hearing the sounds of English) or rather to try and work within her first language.
This may seem a little vague but any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated,