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  • KeithH
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    12 February, 2009 at 14:26
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    Since it’s a1 on 1 thing, it’s not easy coming up with new things all the time. I’ve gone back and have done review, but with only 1 person, you have to come up with more ideas more often.

    Anyone out there do private lessons that can help me on coming up with new material?

    Thanks!

    dan
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    10 March, 2009 at 12:04
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    Reply To: Private lesson ideas for children?

    Have a look here: http://www.eslbase.com/resources/yl/ – there are four or five articles full of ideas and games that should give you something new to go on.

    Hope that helps, Dan

    Millionaire
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    21 March, 2009 at 20:45
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    Why don´t you try to get a small group together. Charge less per child but you´d earn more for the class. Then games would be more interesting. :evil:

    strictly_nicky
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    26 March, 2009 at 8:20
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    Reply To: Private lesson ideas for children?

    Are you using a coursebook of some sort? Their book from school?

    If so there’s lots of things to do with the reading texts and so forth.

    After an initial reading of the text and a couple of comprehension questions, you can play what i call the "correction" game. What I do is read the text the student out loud, changing some of the words as I go along–usually opposites of adjectives, sometimes changing verbs so that they’re incorrect. The student has to listen and stop you when you say something wrong. Then have the student read and do the same thing, changing the words when they see fit–this gets them practicing sentence structures and trying out various items in different "slots" in the sentence, etc.

    Also, if the text is a story, with past tense verbs, I play "Memory" with cards where I have the infinitive written on one and the past tense form on the other. When you find a match, you have to say the sentence from the story with that verb.

    Then of course, you can do "charades" with actions from the text, etc. And of course, nearly every time I do charades with my 1 to 1’s, I practice them with adverbs of manner. (Excellent excuse for repetition.)

    Just a couple ideas to throw out there. (Click on the link in my signature for more if you like, not all of it is appropriate for kids, but hey…)

    letsglow
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    14 November, 2010 at 9:57
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    CHILDREN LIKE TO MOVE AROUND AND handle, touch MATERIALS. WHAT WORKS BEST IN MY CLASSES ARE THESE WOODEN (very therapeutic to the mind) LEARNING MATERIALS: http://WWW.ESLKIDS.COM.BR – good luck!

    jder
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    13 December, 2010 at 22:38
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    Reply To: Private lesson ideas for children?

    What age are the children? There are some great story books and textbooks that you could use based on their age and level. Sometimes it can be more difficult in one to one lessons, but singing with actions works well and is something for the student to look forward to at the end of the lesson. The link that Dan posted is a good resource and also check out ESL printables.

    Resources are much more important with children, so make sure you have plenty.

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