i volunteer at a local library teaching english to foreign workers who come here during tourist season to work. currently, i have turkish, russian, slovakian, & peruvian students (1 of each) with various educational background (mostly university in their own countries) and widely differing experience and proficiency in english. two questions: (1): is there a certification program geared to this sort of mix? (2): what's a good approach?
I have tried to work with them individually, basing my instruction on their individual work situations and english proficiencies, but most seem more comfortable in a classroom setting. any ideas?
However, the mixed ability of the class is more problematic. Do you split them into equal groups or apply peer teaching?
Personally I prefer to concentrate on the majority with tweaks to activities for the stronger and weaker students.
This article explains a lot more about this and teaching mixed ability groups.