Elissa wrote in to ask for ideas for individual “one on one” lessons. Here’s my reply:
Yes one -on -one lessons can sometimes be seen as the toughest as it’s difficult to do much communication, and also the most difficult to give ideas for as it very much depends on your student.
But this is also the strength! And unlike regular classes it is a prime opportunity to customize the class to exactly what the student needs and how they learn.
A couple of ideas I always recommend are to get out of the classroom, go shopping, go round town etc. and learn the English for what you do or see.
Or find out the hobbies and interests of the student and watch Yotuube videos, download magazine articles etc. to go through in class.
Computer games can also really be good, especially two player ones where you have to communicate.
I’d also recommend the Genki English computer games as homework as they are the quickest way of learning the key language before the lesson, but you could use those in class as well if homework time was tight.
The key though is to personalise everything, make it like what the student would be doing in their free time, but just do it in English. It’s amazing what you can cover and it should hopefully make the parents really happy!