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Private English tuition as a secondary langauge

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by Stanny123, Aug 3, 2017.

  1. Stanny123

    Stanny123 New commenter

    Hello everyone,

    First of all I would like to thank you for reading my post and if you have ANY suggestions, please kindly share them with me. I have recently started teaching a 12 years old boy whose English is not his first language. He has recently moved from China and will be starting Year 7 this September. I carried out an initial ESL assessment with him to gauge his English level and is not great - perhaps at elementary level, able to say simple words/ sentence e.g. 'I like to watch TV.

    I am a new teacher with not a lot of experience and is private tutoring him one hour a week. I am wondering if I should start with teaching him KS2 English to build his foundation. Any suggestions and ideas are greatly appreciated!
  2. mathsmutt

    mathsmutt Star commenter

  3. frangipani123

    frangipani123 Lead commenter

    There are some useful links above.

    What is the purpose of your tutoring - is it just to work on his speaking and listening, or will you be looking at reading and writing. Can he read any English?

    One hour per week is nothing and it's difficult to achieve much in that time, so you will need to set some sort of homework. Perhaps he could prepare a short talk for you on a topic such as his favourite food, TV programme etc - maybe too difficult for him though.

    There are language teaching books that you can buy second hand on Amazon - for example Reward Elementary - and that may help you. A picture dictionary may also help.

    A couple of other links:



    Sounds like he needs to learn the alphabet:


    Good luck.
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  4. cvtutor

    cvtutor New commenter

    Hello Stanny,

    you should give more time to teach him to English. Because one hour a week is not enough for him to learn English quickly.

    Which medium do you use to communicate each other? Is it chinese language or not? If you both know chinese language then it is easier for you to teach fundamentals of English language otherwise you need to find out a communication medium that you both know very well.

    Even you can find the reliable sources on how to teach English 7 years old student which can help you.

    If you have any further inquiry just let me know.

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