Many teachers and students will be starting up this January, so here are some tips to ensure you get off to a great start in 2017! In a student’s home Introduce yourself and provide a contact number. This way your student can text or call you if they need to cancel. Make sure your student […]
Summer vacation is upon us and this means many of our one-on-one students will now have their kids at home during regular class time. Some students (and some tutors) prefer to take a break over the summer, but if you can find a way work around this, there will certainly be learning gains. Here are […]
Having your students do homework after each class is one of the best ways to ensure your students will have some contact with English outside of the classroom. Every Interactive English lesson ends with a specific page of homework. This homework usually gives the student another opportunity to practice listening. The Hello World section asks […]
Taking attendance is one of those classroom tasks that just “must get done”. Consequently, as teachers we often don’t take it seriously. However, taking attendance can be a vital way to get a sense of the class and build community. From the teacher’s perspective, taking attendance helps establish a baseline awareness of who is coming […]
Check out the worksheet generator at http://www.tefl.net/worksheet-generator/index.htm. This allows you to easily create a variety of worksheets that you can print out.
We all know that sometimes our students need a bit of a “brain break”. Here’s a great activity to give your students a chance to do that. Ask students a series of random “Would you rather” questions (examples below – some silly, some thought provoking). Would you rather be 3 feet tall or 8 feet […]
Checking answers to activities is a must in the classroom setting. Here are three seven tips to keep students engaged during the process: 1. As students finish the activity, assign pairs to do a check first. This allows students to confirm and/or discuss their answers. The peer might benefit from explaining why she believes she […]
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As teachers, we often find ourselves wanting to bang our head against something hard when students “just don’t get it!” The challenge is remembering that we probably haven’t taught the topic in a way that works for our students. Even though we often chalk up linguistic confusions as “that’s just English”, the truth is that […]
Do I have to take attendance? Attendance is not necessary for home classes. You and your student will take responsibility for coordinating missed classes. Intercambio only needs to be involved in the case that your student is not available for class on a day that was scheduled. For group classes, attendance is more important. That […]