As a home teacher you’ll find you can have many roles: tutor, host, meal provider, adviser, entertainer, confidante etc. Sometimes it is easy to lose sight of the teaching basics.
Here are a few general points to help you keep focussed on the basics:
- Find out what your learner needs and how they want to achieve it.
- Determine their learning priorities and what motivates them.
- Plan your course and discuss this with your student.
- Adapt materials to suit a 1-1 teaching situation (or 2-1).
- Check every couple of days if your student is happy with your programme.
- Always be prepared to change and adapt.
- Be encouraging and positive in your feedback/correction.
- Look for ways to involve your family and friends.
- Try your best to be relaxed and approachable.
- Find out how your student likes to learn. What kind of learner are they?
- Give your student the benefit of the doubt. Many issues are cultural rather than personal.
- Essential reference books (esp. grammar)
- A selection of coursebooks and skills practice books to dip into if appropriate
- Your own collection of resources/materials (which you can slowly build)
- A recording device (digital recorders are now inexpensive)
- Internet and printer (using the Internet is essential)
- Online resources such as www.onestopenglish.com