My darling HOS has given me another course, and this time it's beginners.
60 hours, 8-10 students, middle aged+, no, or effectively no previous knowledge.
Undoubtedly this question has been asked before… but here it is again:
'What's in a decent course for total beginners?'
2 hours one evening a week
German native speakers
Possibly some English learnt at school (30+ years ago)
No materials provided
OHP projector, CD player and whiteboard in room only (possible TV and DVD)
Neither students nor school have course books
Small East German town - minimal or no exposure to English in the student's every day life
I prefer not to work exclusively from a book
I am prepared to dip into one if it suits the matter at hand
Last time I taught beginners I intimated them and 50% fled after the first lesson
What I'm looking for:
A chronological checklist of things to teach
Pitfalls and things to watch out for when teaching them
Ideas for good games/course books/real life materials
List of things to avoid!
If anyone can help me, either on this thread, or per PM/mail, please do so.
Apologies in advance for not checking the forums for similar posts, time does not allow it.
Best regards and happy new year to you all