There’s life after lessons

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One of the main benefits of host teaching is the ability to reinforce what you have taught with an afternoon activity.  Clearly this has to be planned around the students needs but they can certainly achieve two objectives, providing an interesting excursion and developing their language awareness.  That is where the immersion bit comes into our courses!The concept of Excursions is …

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Speaking, Listening and Writing

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My experience, so far, of excursion planning is to elicit student knowledge and/or places of interest to visit (eg London) the day before. What might we see- shops, food, restaurants, people etc etc.  It is mostly a speaking and listening exercise- we read tourist information from the web sites or brochures.(depending on student level). For a follow up writing exercise …

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Memorable excursions

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I always make the excursions central to the programme and I plan lessons around the excursions and include subjects like the Royal Family (visit to either Windsor or Buckingham palace), the judicial system in the UK (usually involves a visit to the courts), our parliamentary system, (visit to the houses of parliament), popular culture (visit to the pub), places of …

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Mid-morning cappuccino

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At 11am everything stops at Beatrice and Tim’s house. We put down our books and pencils, switch off the computers and go to the kitchen for a mid-morning cappuccino.  Tim’s the one in charge of the cappuccino thing here.  He has a coffee machine that sounds like a cement mixer but, surprisingly, he can make a very good coffee with …

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Students who don’t come of their own free will

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Hi, I’m Mary. I recently taught a student who received  her 2 week course as a ‘Saint’s Day Present’ from her husband.  She made it quite clear within the first 2 hours that she wouldn’t have come of her own choice.  So rather than refuse to come, she took the option of ‘fighting ‘ her way through the fear of …

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Tutor in Ely (Discussions, Phrasal Verbs and Yoga)

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This (having already made a sneak preview of some of the other blogs) is my first blog.  I have a new student Amandine a lawyer from Bruxelles, Belgium this week.  This is my first student from Belgium, although correctly a Walloon, as I discovered during our morning discussion.  She arrived on the Eurostar yesterday from Bruxelles and after settling in, …

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My Italian guest – heating and attitudes to error correction

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Z is very organized and knows what he wants. He is most co-operative during lessons and really appreciates my ‘setting the scene’ when presenting new language. We both agree that less is better and with age it becomes a little more challenging to remember things. Z is in his fifties, but very fit mentally and physcially.  The weather has been …

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Setting up useful meetings for your students. It’s who you know!

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Serendipitous Advertising I was interested to read about the student who works in the green building industry and the activities his tutor organised. My student, who works in the installation of photo-voltaic panels, had asked for a general/business rather than professional course, letting me off the hook slightly. I had anticipated some conversations with members of the local Carbon Cutters …

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Professional Courses – Not so bad!

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What do I know about sustainable living and energy efficient homes?  Well, virtually nothing!  So, when my student who builds timber homes in France wanted a Professional English course, at first I scratched my head.  But I needn’t have worried.   I found to my amazement that I could construct quite a few useful activities to go with the formal lessons. …

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