Advanced ESL activities for one-on-one tutoring?
June 5, 2012 9:34 AM Subscribe
What to do with very advanced adult ESL students?
posted by anonymous to Education (20 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I teach English for a company which provides services to transplants. I work with each student individually a couple of hours a week. I love the job, but I am having trouble thinking of activities for some of my students. These are working professionals with very high levels of English - they could easily take a college course in English and have no serious issues with accent, grammar, etc. They work full time and have small children, which means they basically have zero time in between lessons to do even the most basic kind of "homework." Even during the lessons themselves, they seem too tired to do anything mentally challenging. I feel like I have exhausted the areas of American culture that may be new to them.
It's a really frustrating experience when I feel that my teaching is useless. I would not be surprised if these students decided to discontinue their lessons (which are free to them), and I would understand, but I need the money and I would love to work with them if I could think of something we could do together. Any suggestions?