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October 6, 2010 6:38 AM Subscribe
How can I become an awesome English teacher to a foreign child?
posted by djgh to Education (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've moved to a foreign city, and have recently started acting as an English tutor to a child for one hour per week.
My role is to talk to them in English, and to run through the exercises his school English teachers go over - in short, to consolidate and help with pronunciation, not to necessarily teach new things (although if new vocab etc. comes up in the course of conversation, I will of course explain it).
A lot of the school work is based on learning phonetics, and the parents would like me to make sure that this is learnt well, and irregular verbs also.
I'm not TEFL qualified (and the parents know this - my role is purely to help confidence and to aid repetition).
So, what sorts of ways can I try and make this hour instructive and fun for a child who is easily bored and prone to distraction? Any exercises that people think would work really well? And which irregular verbs after "to be" and "to have" should I work on?
The reason I ask is because it doesn't take nearly as long to go over the exercises done in school as it probably did to initially teach them, so I want to be able to use all of the time well, rather than just doing boring repetition for an hour.
Any thoughts/comments welcome!