Tips for teaching ESL to small groups of private students
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As a trainee or novice ESL teacher, you might have taught an ESL student as a private student; however, it is also possible that you may find yourself having to teach a small group of private students. Here are some tips to help you with teaching a small group of private ESL students.
Private lessons are rarely done in groups, but when they are – you can usually expect anything from two to four students. It is desirable that the group has an even number of students: in the case of a triad (no pun intended), the ESL teacher can act as a partner for one of the students when doing pair work; however, it is always best if there is an even number of students: two or four.
Before you start teaching, you should ensure that the venue is acceptable to all the students and if the venue is to be rotated among them – make sure each student has a written copy of the programme which shows where and when each lesson is to take place. If you are teaching a pair of students – you are lucky.
You should evenly distribute your time between them. If one of the students is weaker than the other, you can dedicate more time to the weaker student while allowing the stronger student to progress relatively unassisted. Try to make use of activities that involve both students simultaneously, e.g. role play. If you are teaching a foursome, you should adopt a similar teaching style to that used with a pair of students – but discipline may be more of a problem.
If a student persistently misbehaves, you should report the student’s behaviour to the parents at the end of the lesson. If the behaviour is consistently bad, consider requesting the removal of the student from the group. Be warned, though, not all parents will react similarly to being told about their children’s behaviour: some parents will criticize you for not being able to control the students. If you are teaching a triad, you should still adopt a similar teaching style to that used with a foursome, but you will be more involved (as explained above) because of the odd number of students.
As it concerns seating arrangements, if you have a foursome or a pair, you should aim to use a rectangular table: seat yourself at the top of the table and have one/two students sit on your left and one/two on your right. Don’t let a student sit directly opposite you at the other end of the table. If you have a triad, use a round table. Irrespective of the number of students, if your lessons are interesting and have variety – they should be successful.
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- Please note, Everything TEFL Ltd is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the Everything TEFL Ltd.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to Everything TEFL Ltd, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
Everything TEFL Ltd
28 – 32 Pembroke Street,
Republic of Ireland
Telephone: +353 (1) 554 6227
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.