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I am an ESL tutor at my local library. Our teaching is one-on-one, which has it's good and bad points. I am currently teaching a Korean woman with very little knowledge of English (unlike previous students who had studied English in their countries). I have found many wonderful sites with lots of great ideas and materials. My problem is most are geared towards teaching a group or class. For instance, it is pretty diffucult to play games with just one student. Any ideas for lessons, activities, etc. that would work one-on one? Thanks!


Wed Nov 22, 2006 5:25 am
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Welcome to the forums!

I did a show here http://www.eslteachertalk.com/2006/10/o ... e-classes/
about oneon-one classes. You can listen on-line.

Basically it goes over some different tips and types of games/activities you can do with just 2 people. You can still play games but they need to be activities that involve you in the activity and English ability is secondary to accomplishing the activity or winning the game.

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Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:05 am
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I teach private lessons to adults myself and I use a lovely Oxford University Course called New English Files. It has plenty of photocopiable activities at the back of the Teacher's book that can be used as pair work and your student can benefit from being paired off with her teacher. Even things like "What's your name" Where are you from" What language do you speak" have activities that offer plenty of opportunity for practice. The workbook has a CD-ROM as well which provides good practice of whatever has been studied. I have used it with both false beginners and true beginners with very good results. The book really gets students to speak, from the very first pages. Each unit also has a pop song, and a writing task. I am very fond of this course book. Wish I had written it. Why don't you have a look at it?


Thu Nov 23, 2006 7:06 am
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Manuela I agree I was about to recomend it myself, I love that book for one-to-one teaching and also small adult groups. :lol:


Fri Dec 08, 2006 3:21 am
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I'll join Manuela, New English Files course is great for one-on-one teaching.
I do believe that one-on-one teaching is more effective for students than group teaching, because student benefits from speaking to his teacher. And also if there's one student, he doesn't repeat their classmates mistakes. :)


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