Start with pleasant greetings. Perhaps a word about the weather where you and the student are. Inquire about what’s gone on between current session and the previous session. Determine what is the ‘pressing’ issue on the English learner’s mind on this particular day. Ask if there were any questions the learner wanted to ask about the last conversation. From these openings it is up to the people on both sides of the conversation to carry forward a conversation with the caveat that the instructor must be vigilant and not allow redundancy during the time online together
Travel. Living abroad. Photography. Family. Favorite foods. Hobbies. Books read. Languages spoken.
I think each individual has different needs and desires. I always try to determine which is the most important to an individual and devise English lessons to meet that need. I do this in a class with more than 10 students as well. Always try to understand what the student wants to learn/do. I am the facilitator and it’s my job to help each person progress in developing language skills.
Speak English every day with everyone!
Listen and watch English television programs.
Don’t use a translating dictionary, i.e. from English language to native language. Use an English/English dictionary. Otherwise you become good at translating but not at thinking in English.
The opportunity to engage with ESL students around the world on a one-to-one basis.