I am a newbie teacher, and my current student has learnt some English but in an unexpected way: she knows all the letters but doesn't associate them with a sound. She can therefore spell out words but doesn't know what they mean or how to work this out.
She has a very good memory, and I suspect much of the work we've done has been based on her remembering the sounds of words without necessarily understanding what they mean.
So my question is - how do I work with this?
So far I have decided to focus on listening and speaking. For example, we watch a video and I ask her questions about it, and then branch into a more general conversation on a related topic.
Can anyone advise on how best to approach this situation? She is a solo learner.