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Been asked to assist with improving English for an 18 year old

Posted: 07 Apr 2021, 08:57
by JonCooke14
Good Morning All - I am new to this forum but am hopeful that somebody on here will be able to point me in the right direction!

I live in Uganda and the 18 year-old daughter of an Indian friend of mine will be going to University in Canada (to study Business Studies) in September. She already has good spoken English and quite good written English but they have asked me if I can assist her with improving particularly the written English to try and ensure better grades with Uni essays and assignments.

I am confident that I can give 'pointers' as to how to improve but, having never actually 'taught' before, I am lacking in confidence in how to actually teach her in order to have a lasting benefit.

My main question is where can I access resources which will give me the confidence to teach her?

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks in advance,


Re: Been asked to assist with improving English for an 18 year old

Posted: 12 Apr 2021, 14:12
by Regan@O2C
SO I totally understand that teaching older students can be a bit more difficult. First things first, do a diagnostic lesson to see what level the student is at. Use grammar sheets and questions for K-5 learning to get a bit more of an understanding of the student’s skills.
Also check out some lessons here:

Many are actually meant for teaching more mature students ESL. So you can even start as simple as teaching the alphabet then move onto something like idioms or the history of Google. All the lessons in the link above are free and you can make a free account for more tips to help you. I hope these resources help! When in doubt find out what the student likes and plan a speaking and writing lesson around it!
Good luck! I am here to answer any more questions as well.