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First private tutor sessions

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by jimjam87, Aug 26, 2018.

  1. jimjam87

    jimjam87 New commenter

    Hi all.
    I'm a qualified MFL teacher, and currently a SAHM. I've been looking at going in private tutoring for quite some time and am registered on First Tutors. I haven't received any interest at all, until today when I've have had two requests - a Spanish beginner (adult) and a Spanish GCSE student. What do I prepare for the first lesson?
    The beginner wants a crash course in Spanish so I'm thinking of devising a 10 lesson plan, covering greetings, colours, numbers, places in a town, etc etc. Is there a decent website where I can get resources from or follow a scheme of work type thing? All the beginner resources I have are aimed at KS3.
    As for the GCSE student, do I just consolidate what she's doing at school? She's targeted for a 7(A) and got a 5 (B?).
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

  2. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    Hi, I am not a languages teacher. However, I have been teaching a long time so I suggest the following:

    1. Find out which examination board the Spanish GCSE pupil is sitting and get as much information as you can from the exam board. E.g. look up at the specifications so you know what to teach. You may also get suggested textbooks on the exam board site. You can also call them up and get some advice from the subject specialist department.

    2. Invest in a decent memory stick and start downloading useful resources and/or BUY some resources.

    3. Invest in some good books online. New or second hand will do.

    For the beginner, I would suggest some basic conversation skills such as talking about restaurants, weather, general chat that could be taught easily. You can also watch spanish TV shows or lessons on youtube.

    Invest in some spanish movies for other pupils. You can watch and discuss.

    You need to start teaching basic vocabulary to the beginner. You can then start teaching some basic grammar.

    I hope the above helps. You may also buy some "props" e.g. fruits and vegetables and teach the words. You can photocopy/draw rooms in a house and teach the vocabulary for each piece of furniture or kitchen equipment.

    Hope this helps.
  3. sebedina

    sebedina Occasional commenter

    Here are some topics you could cover for the beginner:

    (a) clothing and footwear
    (b) fruit and vegetables
    (c) food
    (d) basic greeting and conversation
    (e) modes of transport
    (f) family members e.g. cousin/aunt/uncle etc
    (g) basic medical ailments e.g. headache
    (h) weather
  4. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    I'm MFL. I left to do tutoring and now I teach all the way from age 4 to retirement.
    For GCSE find out the exam board. Ask to see their exercise book / school report etc. Try going through exam papers to identify weaknesses. Just pick out the questions that you will think might be tricky in your experience

    For little ones I do colours numbers animals descriptions (I have the board game guess who. They love it) tailor the lessons to what they like... I'm currently an expert on the shirt numbers of every man United player and the colours of all the teams in the premiership! Holiday vocab for drinks and snacks and tickets etc

    For the adults it can be more specific Depending on the reason for learning. Most want holiday stuff but I have a number of adults who have property abroad. They want things like opening a bank account, making appointments at the vet etc buying furniture.. Find out the reason for learning
    Most adults want to do a bit extra on their own so I put them onto the duo lingo app and the Paul noble audio book that's on a free trial on amazon... Remember to cancel!
    I find that a lot of adults have started and stopped in the past and one of the main reasons for stopping is they don't understand the terminology of the grammar. So I just tell them in simple terms what each bit means as it comes up. Say to someone we're doing direct object pronouns and they'll run a mile. Say we're going to do it and him and they'll be fine with that!
    Best of luck
    Sorry for the long post!
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  5. jimjam87

    jimjam87 New commenter

    Thanks for your replies. I have my first client meeting tonight (not a tutoring session, just initial meeting) and I feel so nervous! It’s ridiculous. Thanks again
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  6. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Look forward to hearing how it goes
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  7. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    Have a look at the threads "Students stopping after a single session" and "Strangest seating arrangements ..." for advice on what NOT to do!

    I teach maths and science so can't give specific advice, but good luck.
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  8. Bashkemesuesi

    Bashkemesuesi New commenter

    The three main takeaways from the first thread so far being:

    (1) Don't... not be a doormat
    (2) Don't... not be a mind reader
    (3) Don't... not be a clown
  9. Thanks guys. It went well and she's happy to go ahead. She's moving to Spain in March so wants a crash course on, like, everything! Funnily enough, she was a pupil at the last school I taught at before going on mat leave. She left in the same year I did, but she didn't do languages so I never came across her but she knows some of my ex pupils. Small world, considering the school is in a neighboring town about 15 minutes away!
    So I'm now on with devising some sort of suitable lessons. Exciting :) Thanks for your words of encouragement
  10. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    Glad it went well. Teaching adults like this is a breath of fresh air after school kids ticking boxes for grades
  11. Sarreyh

    Sarreyh New commenter

    I tutored a y8 girl last year without any previous tutoring experience last year. I got the student from the agent so it was a paid hour.

    I went to the family and we had a talk. I asked her about how she thought about maths as a subject and how she was doing on it, also how she would like me to help her. I asked her to fill a form for me which I designed myself followoing advice online. It helped me to know her a bit better.

    I left the test paper to her before the end of the first session and told her I would like her to finish before next session and she did. My tutor with her was very successful and the family was very happy.

    Wish you good luck.
  12. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    My brother-in-law tutors Italian (native speaker) and like you prefers to teach adults. With maths I find quite the opposite. I occasionally get adults, but they usually fizzle out when they realise maths hasn't got any easier since they left school.
  13. David Getling

    David Getling Lead commenter

    Yes, I learnt the hard way to restrict my teaching to Y12 and Y13 school attendees. With the very odd exception, adults tend to be those who want to do a retake. Though they always have some excuse, usually the reason they did badly was a complete lack of commitment, which is still missing.
  14. langteacher

    langteacher Occasional commenter

    The benefit that I have in teaching languages to adults is they can see a reason for it
  15. gainly

    gainly Star commenter

    You're probably right. I had a few lessons with a man who needed to pass GCSE maths as he wanted to train as a paramedic. I couldn't help wondering when he might need to use trigonometry or factorising quadratics. Surely some more relevant numeracy test could be devised for such a situation.

    Presumably if he'd managed to pass GCSE maths when he was at school, probably about 20 years previously, he wouldn't need to retake it even though he would have forgotten most of what he'd learnt.
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  16. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I took numeracy for adults about 10 years ago Then last year took gcse maths got grade 3 so retaking whole year again this year. Not all adults give up! One of my students passed her gcse with a c years ago but is still receiving tutoring because she just can’t spell and do grammar. I did wonder how she passed her gcse in the first place.

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