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    I have been googling ideas for teaching false beginners 1-2-1 but failed to find anything apart from grammar handouts.
    Could anyone give me a hint about where to find various activities, games, etc.?

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    Default Re: Ideas for teaching 1-2-1

    Hi

    Many thanks for introducing me to the concept of false beginners vs absolute beginners.

    Have you come across these URLs in your search?

    For false beginners, who already have some basic, although somewhat "rusty", knowledge of English:
    Teaching English to Absolute and False Beginners - English Methods for Absolute and False Beginners

    And for absolute beginners:
    Absolute Beginner English - 20 Point Program

    They deal with the basic concepts and different approaches involved.

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    Hi R21,

    I have just looked through the links. Clearly, the material to be taught can vary considerably depending on the level and personal needs. And you are absolutely right - they deal with very basic concepts.

    My headache was actually about 1-2-1 classes. I assume it was a bit tough then but I am a quick learner, so hopes I will survive are still high.

    Many thanks for your support.

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    Default Re: Ideas for teaching 1-2-1

    At least a false beginner already has some knowledge of the language. What you may therefore need to determine is their specific strengths and weaknesses.

    It should be easier to determine strengths and weaknesses on a 1-2-1 basis. Try coping, as I had to do as a student, where the teacher was trying to teach German to a class filled with absolute beginners, like me, to recent "O-level" exam failures.

    At the time ('60's), I really wanted to learn Russian, as the alphabet has similarities with the Greek that I had already done. I gave up on the German and started on beginners Spanish - part way through the course!

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    Default Re: Ideas for teaching 1-2-1

    Exactly. Teaching is not so much about what [to teach] but about how. From this angle, there's a world of difference between managing a group and dealing on a 1-2-1 basis. I was looking for certain ideas to vary the pace and interaction from rather a psychological point of view and, with generous support elsewhere, I feel I can eventually see the light.

    Incidentally, I would never cope with Russian be it not my L1 - there's a lot more subtlety both in grammar and vocabulary. Once I had three weeks to spend on Italian and the result was fantastic, but it seldom helps to apply these techniques in class. People are very different, indeed.

    Many thanks for your contribution.

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