Five Top Tips for being a great Homestay English Tutor

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The art of being a successful homestay English teacher relies as much on Emotional Intelligence (EI) as it does teaching expertise. A group class teacher needs to be a master of classroom management so that everyone feels involved and part of the group. Depending on which age range is being taught, it can also involve an element of crowd control! …

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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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Theatre and Ballroom Dancing

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I have found that going to see a modern play in the West End, if preceded and followed by studying the written dialogue beforehand, blends the social excursion programme with vocabulary, pronunciation, tense and sentence construction lessons. Plays such as Enron, Blood Brothers, Onassis, Educating Rita, Art, etc. are easy to buy tickets for and it’s easy to buy the book …

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Life in London

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You have asked for some input into ideas about excursions and how these can be incorporated into the lessons.  I find the excursions very useful and enjoyable of course. Where time permits, I take my students to London to meet my children who all live there. The students get a insight into life in London, have a bit of interaction …

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Saying Goodbye…

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I took Gilles to the airport this morning, and came back to find his room cleaned from top to bottom – I remarked to the wife that it was almost cleaner than we made it in preparation for his visit!  If there was a category for this on my evaluation form he would have got an A*.  There is always …

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St Fagan’s National History Museum in Barry, Wales

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Hi, there!  My name is Javier and I’m an InTuition student here in Barry.  I have been writing a blog (https://barrypapera.tumblr.com) those three weeks to tell my friends and relatives in the Basque Country what I’m doing here. My days as an English student in Wales are coming to an end and I want to share with you some of the …

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Having a beer!

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Knowing my weakness for beer, my friends are asking about what kind we are drinking here in Barry.  I must say that I’ve landed on my feet here, since Beatrice likes beer too and we’re spending some time exploring the different varieties available 🙂  Taking moderation as our guide, of course 🙂  The most popular beer in Britain is the …

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