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English-to-go has pretty much everything you need, get your lesson plans now!private students could cancel on you. You can partially solve this problem by stating from the beginning that you will charge cancellation fees for lessons.
SchedulingKeep a schedule for lessons you have set as you don't want to suffer double-booking hassles.
Getting readyIt is good practice for private teachers to have some sort of level check for a first meeting with a student as it can serve two purposes.
- The teacher will appear more professional and prepared.
- It helps determine what text you'll use.
In the lessons
- Punctuality is always good, as a teacher rushing in late and having to compose themselves will probably be a hassle.
- Having your lesson plans and teaching materials ready before your student arrives makes you look prepared and eager.
- Ease into the lesson with some small talk to get your student to relax. Speak slowly and clearly.
- Choose user friendly topics. Basically if it is not something you would talk about with your granny then it may not be appropriate to teach in a lesson.
- Grade your speech to your students level and try to be sensitive to signs that may indicate that they don't understand, e.g: avoiding eye contact, going quiet, pained quizzical expressions.
- Doing a brief review of the last lesson can help identify problems that your student may have, and it also shows that you're keen and have an ongoing interest. Teachers may want to keep lesson records.
- When possible, teachers should try to incorporate the theme of the chosen lesson into the warm up.
- Throw in a few comprehension checks along the way as students often say they understand when they actually don't.
- Allow a bit of time at the end of the lesson for a warm down and ask your student if there are any questions about the lesson.
- Homework can be fun (?), even in the form of quizzes and word games. Make sure you know the answers though.
- Final points. Schedule the next lesson... get paid... don't forget your student's name!