The beauty of one-to-one classes is that they are tailored to the wants and needs of the individual learner. This means that the teacher needs to be flexible and employ a range of different pedagogical techniques to help the student make progress. As the majority of my students are interested in improving their oral skills, my classes are often based on a communicative approach where the main focus is on providing the student with the tools to express themselves more confidently and fluently in spoken English. Lessons are always engaging and stimulating, and are based around motivating topics that interest the student.
I have a range of resources and textbooks at my disposal to practise any challenging grammar or to supplement the student’s vocabulary when a gap in the student’s knowledge is identified. I can also help students to improve their pronunciation using an analytical approach that raises student’s awareness of how to master those typical troublesome sounds that can impede communication.
Throughout the lessons, I record emergent vocabulary and log any common mistakes which we correct together at the end of each session. The student can then take away this record to review in their own time before the next lesson. Depending on how much time the student has outside of class, I will assign some written homework and advise on what the student can do in their free time to work on their English and make swift progress.