Intensive one to one adult lessons.

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Intensive one to one adult lessons.

Unread postby maylilot » 05 Mar 2010, 17:52

Hi Susan or anyone that is reading. I would like to ask for advice.
I got a new intensive class, 4 and 1/2 hours class with one adult person. From monday to friday. We use a book as a guide an it´s not that bad, because it brings a video at the end of each lesson. But, we would be seeing 2 or 3 topics a day because he is in a high level and he gets everything pretty fast.

I don´t want the class to be overwhelming for him. What should I do. I have thought about a warm-up between each topic. What else can you suggest?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Intensive one to one adult lessons.

Unread postby DavidB » 09 Mar 2010, 04:48

I would be using the newspaper. Simply reading a few articles together can help for a number of skills:

Pronunciation by reading out loud. As you listen, circle the words he mispronounced. Then, go over the words and show him how to say them properly.This may lead into a lesson on certain pronunciation topics.

Vocabulary. After reading, have him tell you which words he didn't understand. This leads into a vocabulary exercise.

Reading the newspaper will also help his writing and speaking, as he will see real sentences in use.

I find there is no substitute for real English in context.

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Re: Intensive one to one adult lessons.

Unread postby systematic » 14 Mar 2010, 03:44

Good advice there from DavidB.
After a couple of lessons you will have established your student's particular areas of weakness, and you will then be able to draw up a more systematic lesson plan and provide suitable material and realia for each lesson.

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Re: Intensive one to one adult lessons.

Unread postby Lucy » 14 Mar 2010, 12:15

DavidB has given you some good ideas.

I suggest you use other methods for teaching pronunciation. When students read aloud from any text, their pronunciation is worse than when talking freely. I would get the student talking and note down sounds that are mispronounced and work on those.


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