I'm struggling with a 6 year old Japanese who has yet to recognize ABC letters. I only get to see him for an hour per week and his parents don't speak English at home. He'll be using "Family and Friends 1" by Naomi Simmons (primary 1 textbook) in a couple of months.https://elt.oup.com/catalogue/items/global/young_learners/family_and_friends/level_1/?cc=global&selLanguage=en
I've been racking my brains to come up with a suitable course to get him up to speed, but am still clueless to go about it. Below are some questions I have, and I look forward to your advice.
1. Should I start off with phonics first follow by letters?
2. Should I do reading lessons after the learner has familiarized himself with letters? (e.g. picture books with minimum words)
3. Any online reading resource suitable for a 6 year old beginner? (I find that most online story books require young learners to have some basic language; or should I not be too concerned with it?)
4. I'm also struggling with teaching instructions to get the learner engaged in the activities. Presently, I'm adopting TPR methods with lots of repetitions to get the learner to guess my intentions, but I think there are better effective ways to go about it. Any advice or teaching resource to recommend to deal with young learners, please?