Results 1 to 5 of 5
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal

    • Join Date: Oct 2017
    • Posts: 3
    #1

    Question Where to start?

    Hi,

    I am a newbie here, this is my first post, so please bear with me.
    I was thinking of teaching some private English lessons for Portuguese speakers (I've lived the last 3 years in England and speak English fluently) but I have no idea where to start the lessons.
    Can you guys give me some help with this?
    I've been looking for support material, and this forum and website have been very helpful, but I simply don't know what should be my first steps when teaching, how to assess the student's level? What grammar to teach first? What vocabulary to teach first? and so on...
    Do you guys have some course structures you follow that you could suggest?

    Thank you very much! :)

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,912
    #2

    Re: Where to start?

    Are these Portuguese speakers living in the UK or living in Portugal?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal

    • Join Date: Oct 2017
    • Posts: 3
    #3

    Re: Where to start?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Are these Portuguese speakers living in the UK or living in Portugal?
    They live in Portugal

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: Aug 2011
    • Posts: 969
    #4

    Re: Where to start?

    Start small and start simple. Experience is your best teacher. You didn't mention any prior training or qualifications you might have. A piece of paper is not nearly as good as word-of-mouth, but it would help you attract prospective clients at first.

    You should have some idea of your target market. Of course you want to attract whomever you can, but you should concentrate first on your 'easiest' students. Middle School to High School students are already focused on learning and they can give you feedback on your methods. Encourage them to ask questions from their lessons at school. This will help you tailor your program to help them most. Adults with busy professional and family lives are the worst students. When they cancel (they will- often and for good reasons), it's money out of your pocket. You want students who can keep a regular schedule.

    Where will you hold your lesson meetings? If at home, then you should prepare a 'classroom'. This ties in with the number of students per 'session'. One at a time will be best for you and for your students. I wouldn't allow more than two at a time, unless you are a very experienced classroom teacher (I'm guessing you are not).

    Your classroom need not be elaborate, but should make students feel like they in a classroom environment. A straight-backed chair and a small folding table are quite adequate. Older students who only need some conversation or reading practice can sit on a sofa, but younger kids need more structure. The largest whiteboard you can manage will certainly be useful. Make sure you have good lighting.

    For assessment, prepare a sheet with some sample sentences containing words, pronunciations, and usages you found difficult when you were a student. Have the students read as you make notes. You will soon begin to know after a few minutes what each student's weaknesses are.

    Have a handout stating to parents (or adult students) what they can expect from you, what you expect from them, and your pricing structure. Have business cards.

    As to what to teach, I think you know better than I do how Portuguese and English compare/contrast. We teach in China, and older students have no time for extra lessons, so our program focusses on basic phonics with a bit of structure (verb tenses) brought in as students progress.

    The most important thing I can stress is: Treat this as a business. The relationship between you and your students should be of mutual benefit. Benefit for you means more than just the money they pay. If you have a 'bad' student, let them go! Word of mouth is your best marketing tool. "I hear your daughter is taking lessons from Nohead. I'm thinking of sending my boy. How's she doing?" "Not so good- she's been going for 6 months, but she still isn't doing any better at school." Her lack of progress may well be because she doesn't want to be there or maybe she's just plain dumb, but that impacts on you either way. Far better to find a tactful way to cut off the relationship yourself.

    Keep accurate records and write a receipt for money paid.

    Good Luck!

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Portuguese
      • Home Country:
      • Brazil
      • Current Location:
      • Portugal

    • Join Date: Oct 2017
    • Posts: 3
    #5

    Re: Where to start?

    Thank you very much, J&K Tutoring.
    I have no experience teaching and am looking forward to do a teachers training, but first I need to get some money...
    I appreciate all the insights you gave and also the tips about how to asses the students and how to organize the space.
    I'll start giving my first classes this week, it is for my friend's partner so she's going to be my guinea pig, which means there won't be too much pressure on me and I can get some honest feedback. Wish me luck! haha

    Thank you once more :)

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 5
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2017, 10:43
  2. [Essay] [ielts] Should children start learning foreign language as soon as they start school?
    By tuankhukhi in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 23-May-2014, 10:07
  3. [Grammar] Start to fall VS start falling
    By TitoBr in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 06-Mar-2013, 21:11
  4. the car wouldn't start vs the car didn't start
    By anhnha in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-Jan-2013, 17:56
  5. what the use of start off when start give the meaning
    By herbiji in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 15-Jan-2006, 16:22

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •