Re: Help with private clases
I did not carry out a formal level test with a single one of my private adult students. Much of the information given in the TEFL course assumes that you are going to be teaching classes and that you will be employed by a school or by another private teacher so you will have a curriculum to follow. With individuals, that is simply not the case.
With each new private student, I made sure that the first class was just chat, chat and more chat. As we chatted, I was of course assessing their level but they weren't supposed to spot that. As we chatted, I also got to notice repetitive errors. In that first class, I didn't correct them in an obvious way - sometimes I repeated their sentence back to them (using the correct construction) but as if I were just checking if I'd heard them correctly. I made notes in my head, wrote them up quickly on the Metro on the way home from the class and then the following week, if it seemed appropriate, I would show them my notes, especially the repetitive errors and ask them if they could work out what was wrong with them.
I would sometimes use a funny or embarrassing story to break the ice in the first class. Their reaction would tell me whether they understood it or not. I would then gauge if I thought they were likely to share something similar with me.
I generally left asking why they specifically wanted to learn/improve their English until the second or third class. Frequently, they would actually have volunteered this information already.
I will admit that doing all of the above with beginners is a challenge! However, it is possible. You have to tailor your chat to them!
I loved doing private classes precisely because I didn't have to follow anyone else's curriculum or lesson plans. I could do it all myself.
Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Oct-2013 at 21:19.
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