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    Have a chinese student who has absolutely no English whatsoever. What vocab should I begin with?

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    Good textbooks adjusted to the age of a student are always a safe bet. There are lots of materials for starters on the internet. To answer your question, the traditional topic to start with, as I remember it, was in most cases My family.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hazel20 View Post
    I H have a c Chinese student who has absolutely no English whatsoever. What vocab should I begin with?
    If your student has absolutely no English, then his/her nationality does not really matter, although it's always written with a capital letter.

    I normally began with the basics of getting to know each other's names, and acquiring some basic interaction language for two people working together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    If your student has absolutely no English, then his/her nationality does not really matter, although it's always written with a capital letter.
    It may do. There's a good chance that a beginner Chinese student won't know the alphabet, so that's one area that would need a lot more work than in other countries.

    I'd be tempted to start with whatever happens to be in the room at the time. It will all be stuff that will come up again and again (book, pen, table, chair, pencil, etc) so it's as good a place as any to start. Combine that with a relevant grammar structure (It's a.../they are). Add to that some functional language that will be useful throughout the course (write, listen, speak, read, open your book, stand up, etc).

    Other early topics would be colours (introducing adjectives) and family (introducing personal pronouns).

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    Quote Originally Posted by I'm With Stupid View Post
    There's a good chance that a beginner Chinese student won't know the alphabet, so that's one area that would need a lot more work than in other countries.
    I don't normally introduce reading or writing in the first few lessons with complete beginners.

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