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    Tutoring English for Adult Students

    Post by teamleader1984 on Fri Jul 10, 2009 9:11 am

    Useful tips from a Writer and a Teacher--Prof. Eric Roth
    do you effectively teach English to a struggling private student? What
    will you actually do for 60-120 minutes together? How will you make the
    lessons meaningful enough that your client feels satisfied and wants to
    retain you for future lessons?

    First, you must be very clear
    about what the client wants and expects. Some tutors even present a
    written contract outlining their rates, the location and times of
    meetings, and payment policies. Only work with professionals,
    graduate students, and/or friends and spouses of friends with a solid
    foundation in English. Be explicit about what you want and don't want
    to teach a client. Be prepared to provide options for potential clients
    that you reject.

    For students who want to improve their
    conversation, It is suggested that you select the topic and
    materials in advance. You can use newspapers, books and/or magazines to find
    appropriate articles to begin the conversation. You can browse the highly recommended books from here:
    http://www.compellingconversations.com/ that provides 45 self-contained
    thematic chapters - is Compelling Conversations: Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics. The combination of poignant questions, vocabulary lists, proverbs, and witty quotations makes your job much easier.

    have a weaker student looking to improve their speaking skills, Prof.
    Roth advise to use a picture dictionary. You might use the Oxford
    Picture Dictionary to open
    conversations, and he added that he would be tempted to ask the client
    to bring in
    photographs and ads each week. You will need patience and be prepared
    to repeat words. Many students will want to work on their
    pronunciation. You can also ask/assign them listening activities on the
    web.You will have to direct lower
    levels to websites to practice their listening and speaking skills with
    drills. They will love the work; you might go mad repeating vowel

    Finally, Prof. Roth said, the key for tutoring
    ESL students - or anyone else - remains respecting the student, meeting
    their needs, and providing a solid structure for your lessons. Using a set text, developing a known routine, and combining
    conversation, vocabulary and writing skills makes for a successful and
    satisfying experience. Set a clear goal for your lessons, and
    conclude when the students have reached that goal. You can then become
    genuine friends and leave money out of the equation.
    Or not. You choose. What are your goals for tutoring students?


    Eric Roth currently teaches writing and verbal skills to international
    graduate students at the University of Southern California. Eric has
    helped university students discover the pleasures and perils of the
    English language from dozens of countries over the last 15 years. He
    recently co-authored an EFL book titled "Compelling Conversations:
    Questions and Quotations on Timeless Topics" from materials he
    developed as a tutor and teacher. Eric can be reached through http://www.compellingconversations.com

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