Syl wrote:Dear Septembergirl,
I don't know how much time you have at your disposal on a weekly basis (once a week, twice? other?) because you say that your pupil doesn't have the necessary level. If you may help him on a daily basis, then probably you can obtain some results. First of all, the reading part. You must do lots of reading with him, teaching him reading comprehension techniques, how to answer multiple choice questions, how to understand without a dictionary and so on. This will enrich his vocabulary and improve his level. Writing needs also lots of practicing, use the POS technique (parts of speech). Teach him the different formats (email, article, report, story, etc.) explaining how to do the opening, the body and the closure. I use to do a brainstorming introduction every time my students must write something.
There is also the "use of English" test, which includes the use of grammar and vocabulary. This is also acquired through much reading. Attention must be given to spelling, and reading is a fantastic way to improve this skill.
Finally you have listening and speaking. Giving him listening comprehension exercises, and the techniques certainly will help. Regarding the speaking part, don't allow him to talk to you in his mother tongue, only English.
I hope you have the necessary time to work on all this. Good luck!!!
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