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Private Lesson

Unread postby moon unit » 24 Apr 2007, 22:55

Hi everyone, I'm new to the board.

I'm a recently qualified TEFL teacher and have been teaching on and off (subbing) since I qualified.

Also I'm due to begin a private english lesson with a Russian man. His conversational skills are fine and he has no trouble communicating and so just wants to concentrate on grammar. I am at a loss of how to do this.

I did a test on him and now know what his weaknesses are. His grammar weaknesses range from stuff a beginner would learn to stuff that you wouldn't teach until upper intermediate. I have Murphy's grammar book (blue) but I want to know how to make the lessons more interesting as I don't want to just explain the grammar to him from Murphy's book and have him do the practice excercises, he could do this on his own. Does anyone know any grammar activities that work well on a one-to-one basis or where I could find out more information.

If you need more information as to his specific weaknesses I'd be happy to provide it.

Thanks in advance for your help
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Not too late

Unread postby Kootvela » 20 Oct 2007, 11:30

I hope my post is not too late:-)

I would advise doing a conversation lesson course. Take, for example, Taboos and Issues type of a book. They have grammar points to cover while speaking. Or News lessons at (now require subscription) where each lesson focuses on some grammar point.

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Re: Private Lesson

Unread postby LyndseyP » 03 Mar 2011, 14:21

My TESOL instructor always told us that unless the language we teach is real, it won't be meaningful and effective; however, not teaching in a systematic way can leave gaps in the learning process. So, to say, I feel that grammar should be taught systematically so that it's connected to real life language.

I would suggest getting good curriculum like New Headway, which has very clear lesson objectives, wrapped in interesting, real language lesson plans.

For ESL teaching resources, you can refer to:

I hope this is helpful.
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