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Bobby D
01-04-2009, 09:16
Dear all,

I am teaching English to a family over here, teaching 3 kids and the parents. I am getting a bit stressed about resources and what to teach these different groups and abilities. I am currently using some text books called "language leader" which I think are rubbish. I have tried to create some sort of syllabus - is this a good idea?

I am a qualified teacher from the UK, but private tutoring is certainly very different. I'd appreciate any advice/ guidance on what to teach and the methods that you use as well as the best resources. I want to have evidence of progress too.

The kids are 8, 9, 15 and they have been studying for a few years already. The key is to improve their spoken English.

Thanks in advance

TZski
01-04-2009, 11:04
Try Biblio Globus - they have many English teaching/learning resources for sale ...


ТД Библио-Глобус | Информация, отечество, истоки, чтение. Книжные новинки (http://www.biblio-globus.ru/)

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Bonifaciy
01-04-2009, 12:38
Well really take textbook "Headway" proper level and you`ll find good teaching methods there. And sure if your student need spoken English use living language games as much as possible. For example arrange theatre in English, singing english songs, quizes, ask them tell them stories in English and etc. Create them some living situation where they have to find way out in English.

IraM
01-04-2009, 13:06
Dear BobbyD,

I see the kids you're going to teach are all of different ages (and, possibly, levels) so you'll inevitably end up getting loads of course books of different types and levels. So my advice - do forget ALL these books - you will save your time and your money and google "free esl lesson plans", "esl/efl teaching materials" etc etc. instead. Good luck!:11033:

Etoile filante
01-04-2009, 21:58
Check this out:
Online Conversion - Convert just about anything to anything else (http://www.onlineconversion.com/)
Language Learning with Livemocha | Learn a Language Online - Free! (http://www.livemocha.com/)
Выучим английский вместе! ВСЕ учебники, аудио- и видеоматериалы (http://www.englishtips.org/)


Theory of Language Acquisition by Stephen Krashen
Stephen Krashen's Theory of Second Language Acquisition (Assimilaзгo Natural - o Construtivismo no Ensino de Lнnguas) (http://www.sk.com.br/sk-krash.html)

Developmental Theory by Jean Piaget
Piaget's developmental theory (http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/piaget.htm)

Activities on Music
Search Results for "songforteaching.com" (http://www.songforteaching.com)
Music (http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/music)
ArtsAlive.ca - Home (http://www.artsalive.ca)
The Educator's Reference Desk: Resource Guides (http://www.eduref.org)

Drama
Helen O'Grady Drama - Home (http://www.helenogrady.com.au)
http://www.zartmo.com/kidsplay.html

Arts and Crafts
squigglyplayhouse.com (http://www.squigglyplayhouse.com)

Comics drawing
Comic Creator (http://www.disney.go.com/surfswell/comiccreator.html)
ReadWriteThink: Student Materials: Comic Creator (http://www.readwritethink.org/materials/comic/)

Bobby D
02-04-2009, 08:30
Dear BobbyD,

I see the kids you're going to teach are all of different ages (and, possibly, levels) so you'll inevitably end up getting loads of course books of different types and levels. So my advice - do forget ALL these books - you will save your time and your money and google "free esl lesson plans", "esl/efl teaching materials" etc etc. instead. Good luck!:11033:

Thanks everybody so far for the responses!!!

I think that I am going to base my teaching around the MFL framework for languages in the UK but do it for English (clearly). I think that you are right IraM as well in terms of the books etc. I have been looking on the net and there is loads of stuff already out there. The family are all different levels and I was fretting about all these different books etc...

I guess I cannot expect miracles in 4 weeks either. How long does it take really to settle and start seeing marked results?

Bels
03-04-2009, 20:32
Dear all,

I am teaching English to a family over here, teaching 3 kids and the parents. I am getting a bit stressed about resources and what to teach these different groups and abilities. I am currently using some text books called "language leader" which I think are rubbish. I have tried to create some sort of syllabus - is this a good idea?

I am a qualified teacher from the UK, but private tutoring is certainly very different. I'd appreciate any advice/ guidance on what to teach and the methods that you use as well as the best resources. I want to have evidence of progress too.

The kids are 8, 9, 15 and they have been studying for a few years already. The key is to improve their spoken English.

Thanks in advance


If I were you I would advise your customers that they should be taught separately. I would have the 8 and nine year old together as one group. The parents on a separate group and the older teenager as one to one. It wont work otherwise. You should also recommend at least 80 hours for each group to expect any results. You can't perform miracles by offering few hours. However I do enjoy teaching children, especially beginners because you feel and see the results more quickly, hence great self satisfaction.

I recommend that you check up on longman.ru or if your Russian is poor try the international site pearsonlongman.co.uk for a catologue of many coursebooks of all levels and age groups. There are also some free teaching resources as well as a lot more.

Your local supplier is Brittania in Moscow and you will find the address on the longman website


I personally use the Excellent range of course books and CD's for the younger children, together with an Excellent activity. I also recommend Roundup for grammar. This book comes in different levels from Starter and then levels 1-5. So assess their levels. The Excellent course books are based on Cambridge YLE

and start from Starter to levels 1,2 and 3. level 3 prepares them for Cambridge YLE Flyers. On completion of the courses they are ready to study for Cambridge KET level.

For the teenager I recommend the Friends or Snapshot range of course books. Again I recommend the Roundup Grammar books as to whatever level the teenager is. The other popular choice of grammar book is the Murpy's grammar books.

For the parents I recommend HEADWAY again in whatever lever level they happen to be. I would recommend also the Murphy's grammar book, but if they are of a low level I find ROUNDUP gets more results, as its more visual in picture and is designed to be repetitive, so that the grammar sticks in their minds. Yes it's designed for children, but don;t worry about it. It works and that's your objective.

Korkelia
03-04-2009, 22:35
Dear all,

I am teaching English to a family over here, teaching 3 kids and the parents. I am getting a bit stressed about resources and what to teach these different groups and abilities. I am currently using some text books called "language leader" which I think are rubbish. I have tried to create some sort of syllabus - is this a good idea?

I am a qualified teacher from the UK, but private tutoring is certainly very different. I'd appreciate any advice/ guidance on what to teach and the methods that you use as well as the best resources. I want to have evidence of progress too.

The kids are 8, 9, 15 and they have been studying for a few years already. The key is to improve their spoken English.

Thanks in advance

Sweety,
I think they are young and therefore are going to be bored with usuall way of studing English. Use games (acting games for example).
People learn better when they enjoy the process. I can give you some ideas for games, if you want.
Good luck :-)

Bels
03-04-2009, 23:48
Sweety,
I think they are young and therefore are going to be bored with usuall way of studing English. Use games (acting games for example).
People learn better when they enjoy the process. I can give you some ideas for games, if you want.
Good luck :-)

Games are fine as part of the process, but you must have a regulated plan. Let's assume they are beginners. Can you teach beginners as it takes a special skill, especially if you don't translate with transltinga the child's first language of which I must admit is the worst way to to teach a young child. How did the born child learn their first language from since they were born, without translation, that is a very big question! I'm amazed that my son's Russian Babooska just babbles in Russian to him and he picks it up more than I do.

How do young children pick up a language so well! I know she's arrogently competing with me not to keep him bilingual! Yes I am trying to keep him bi-lingual, but while he remains in Russia he will become Russian as his first language, and English as his second language. I am trying to keep him bi-lingual but it's very difficult , as I'm so busy teaching others, and his babooska alongside what he hears outside home in communication being Russian | am onto a losing battle. I have come to conclusion that the only way he is going to be English native level is if we return to UK as a family very soon. Believe I am trying.

As I have stated, a busy teacher needs course books , already mixed with fun and cD's with music and nursery rymes. It should be structured and well planned covering all skills. But YES! It should be fun play acting, sons and rhymes. And for the very busy teacher you should have your customers pay for the necessary course books thatis needed. No! you yourself should not pay. All my parents are quite willing to pay for the the necessary books etc. It's not a problem. To be a private teacher you must be a business man, and yes sometimes I wonder if some of you teachers are good at business. YES! good teachers, but unfortunately many of you are lousy at business and economics.
It shows in how much many of you charge or why on earth such lousy incomes you accept from the EFL schools. Are you all fools or what? State school teachers from Britain or International must be laughing at you. What on earth are you accepting, either in your own private fees or as an employed EFL teacher. Believe me . current offers in Russia are ridiculous, and before you come to this country you must learn about its cost of living. Inflation here over the past five years is horrendous.

Darya1
04-09-2009, 17:36
I would recommend to use games/activity books for ELT.
Maybe British Council library could help?

Will
04-09-2009, 23:57
If you have a web connection and a printer then close to any teaching book you can imagine is on the torrent sites. For example I downloaded a pack of 900 different books a while back, all in pdf, most with whatever audio stuff is required. And all free of course.
You really have no call to buy books these days unless the student wants a copy. A lap top and access to a printer cover all bases.
If anyone wants to look into this feel free to pm me.

Bels
05-09-2009, 14:39
Is this ot a rather expesive way to print out. For example there are sample cmbridge courses for young learners. Problem is for all the colour involved it may well take a lot of hp printer cartridges.

There are certainly good nursery rhymes and songs on the internet in cd and DVD form if you can copy them freely.

evinierato
05-09-2009, 20:43
Inflation over here has been horrendous.

Will
07-09-2009, 17:49
Is this ot a rather expesive way to print out. For example there are sample cmbridge courses for young learners. Problem is for all the colour involved it may well take a lot of hp printer cartridges.


It would be were you to print every page. I teach adults in business mainly, so in most classes I can give the student a PDF which they print at work, and I work from a laptop myself. And for suppplementary materials it makes absolute sense, particularly if you have access to a photocopier. I used to spend hundreds of dollars a year on books, now I buy perhaps 3 or four a year for specialist tasks.
Everything is digital, the rest is packaging.

At the very least it's an invaluable option to have.

Vyka
10-09-2009, 18:34
I would recommend to use games/activity books for ELT.
Maybe British Council library could help?
The books from the British Council library are now part of the VGBIL collection (2nd floor).ВГБИЛ - Всероссийская государственная библиотека иностранной литературы им. М.И. Рудомино (http://www.libfl.ru/) The British Council continues to conduct master-classes for teachers (this information is available on their website Short seminars for teachers of English- British Council - Russia (http://www.britishcouncil.org/russia-english-short-seminars.htm))

BeachBum
10-09-2009, 21:23
If I were you I would advise your customers that they should be taught separately. I would have the 8 and nine year old together as one group. The parents on a separate group and the older teenager as one to one. It wont work otherwise. You should also recommend at least 80 hours for each group to expect any results. You can't perform miracles by offering few hours. However I do enjoy teaching children, especially beginners because you feel and see the results more quickly, hence great self satisfaction.

I recommend that you check up on longman.ru or if your Russian is poor try the international site pearsonlongman.co.uk for a catologue of many coursebooks of all levels and age groups. There are also some free teaching resources as well as a lot more.

Your local supplier is Brittania in Moscow and you will find the address on the longman website


I personally use the Excellent range of course books and CD's for the younger children, together with an Excellent activity. I also recommend Roundup for grammar. This book comes in different levels from Starter and then levels 1-5. So assess their levels. The Excellent course books are based on Cambridge YLE

and start from Starter to levels 1,2 and 3. level 3 prepares them for Cambridge YLE Flyers. On completion of the courses they are ready to study for Cambridge KET level.

For the teenager I recommend the Friends or Snapshot range of course books. Again I recommend the Roundup Grammar books as to whatever level the teenager is. The other popular choice of grammar book is the Murpy's grammar books.

For the parents I recommend HEADWAY again in whatever lever level they happen to be. I would recommend also the Murphy's grammar book, but if they are of a low level I find ROUNDUP gets more results, as its more visual in picture and is designed to be repetitive, so that the grammar sticks in their minds. Yes it's designed for children, but don;t worry about it. It works and that's your objective.
Bels your age grouping is spot on.... I have recently begun setting up a program for young learners.. the difficulty was age grouping.. Understandibly, this is cannot be simply guided by age. But I did have a large grouping of many ages and the 8 and 9 seemd the best way to group all things constant.