Once a week I one-on-one tutor a h.s. junior for two hours at a private ESL institute. It's painful to watch her try to speak or respond to questions. She seems to be stuck inside her head and has told me she's also not very able to express herself in her native language. I feel like I'm bordering on doing damage to her by forcing her through the routine English grammar books (and running through practice Aiken interview tests).

She is Japanese. Does anyone have any suggestions out there? The last thing I want to do is create an aversion to the English language in her, to snuff out the natural curiosity only to replace it with resentment. Ugh...

Thanks in advance for your help!