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Urgent Help - 10 year old student - private lessons

 
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KatieB



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2010 11:08 pm    Post subject: Urgent Help - 10 year old student - private lessons Reply with quote

Hello,

I am after some help or advice. I work for an online language school, I love my work and been happily teaching adults this way for some time.

However I have a new student; she is 10 years old and an advanced speaker already!!! She has a great personality and is fun to work with and is clearly very mature for her age.

But what do I teach her? She is too young for most lessons... or is she? Does anyone have any experience or advice they can offer?

Thanks
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Joined: 11 Sep 2006
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Location: New Orleans

PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2010 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember that the whole point of teaching ESL is that you have to first become aware of all the bits of linguistic information about English (the whys behind all the grammar and usage) that you yourself never had to actively learn as a native. That's the hardest part. So in looking for something to teach, start by asking yourself whether you truly understand the reason (not just what someone has told you or you've read, but truly the reason why x is the rule).

It's introspection -- a concept called linguistics self awareness.

It's the hardest part of being a teacher or a linguist studying your own language.

Also, have your student label (with stickers) EVERYTHING. Like the door, the door knob, the hinges, the sill, etc. That's how they'll finally be able to fill in the gaps in their vocabulary.
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