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Unread post by rjohnson » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:24 pm

Hi everyone..
I have experience with esl but not as a private tutor and I just finished my first week with a pair of twins who recently moved to America with their father. I'm essentially beginning from scratch, save most of the alphabet and a few phrases they have learned outside my instruction. I've been working with the alphabet and sight words this week. They start school at the end of August at whatever level they end with me. Am I doing wrong by taking a teaching them to read approach? Should I be trying to get them to understand how to have conversations instead? I'm a little lost with the newness of this. Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: New teacher

Unread post by Susan » Mon Jun 22, 2015 7:12 pm

I think a balanced approach would be better: some reading along with speaking, writing and listening.

How old are the twins? If they're very young, eg 6 I'd spend even less time on writing. You can limit writing to copying at that age.

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Unread post by rjohnson » Tue Jun 23, 2015 12:17 am

We are doing a mix of reading and speaking skills..they're 9 years old. My real question is a little hidden..should I continue teaching them how to read and speak or should I be teaching them key phrases they need for school and how to respond? E.g. May I use the restroom? type things vs the alphabet, sight words, etc. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed and lost and it's just week 2..

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Unread post by Susan » Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:25 pm

Good idea to teach them key phrases.

Are you using a coursebook with them? That will help you a lot in your planning and you'll feel less overwhelmed if you have a book to follow.

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Re: New teacher

Unread post by Karam » Sat Jun 27, 2015 4:11 am

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