I have taught diction, comprehension, grammar, pronunciation, and enunciation to children between ages 4 and 11 through private Skype English lessons. I have also conducted Business English Lessons on Skype for professionals (managers, doctors, lawyers etc). I also have experience tutoring College level English writing and composition classes.
I have a Bachelors in Arts from the University of Essex. I have also completed a bunch of TEFL certifications – TEFL Basic, TEFL for Teaching English Online and TEFL for Business English
In the first lesson, I introduce myself and discuss with the student what he/she is trying to achieve. Is the student preparing for an English exam like the TOEFL? Or is the goal to be fluent in English Speaking? Is the focus general Conversational English or do they want to improve a specific area like Pronunciation?Once I have identified the goal of the student, I will cater my lessons to meet those objectives.
I also try to reassure the student that there’s no need for a word perfect conversation. However, I will push the student to speak as much as possible, even if they make mistakes. I will ask a lot of questions and keep the conversation going. The only way to achieve fluency in English is by practicing speaking as much as possible.
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I pick topics based on the level of the student. If the student is at a beginner level with a vocabulary of less than 200 words, I will start with simple discussion topics such as family, friends, food and pets.
For intermediate and advanced level students, I will go in to deep conversation about subjects such as science, literature, history, labor, art, education, technology, astrology, gun control etc.
All 3 areas are important and go hand in hand. What most English learners lack is conversational practice. Most English courses and Skype English teachers still focus on textbook English and teaching grammar theory. As a result, most students know grammar rules but can’t speak fluently.
In my English lessons, I will teach grammar but I will do so while correcting the student. I will not ask students to memorize grammar rules because that is a waste of time.
The key to improve Spoken English is by practicing speaking with Native English speakers while getting as much “input” as possible.
For practicing English speaking with a Native Speaker use a service like Spoken English Practice.
To expand the “inputs” and immerse yourself in English, read a lot of English language materials, watch movies and listen to English music.
If you keep doing these 2 things regularly, you will be able to speak English as fluently as a Native speaker.