This can be so frustrating for parents who really want to connect and engage with their kids.
I’ve also noticed that sometimes day-to-day life tends to take over parent-child conversations. What helps you feel better when you’re upset or stressed? What can I do to help you when you’re upset or stressed?
For me, I demand payment for all classes canceled with less than 24 hours notice.
If you are a new teacher, however, you may want to be more lenient.
Typically I use news-based lesson plans from English Current (this website).
If the student is a businessperson in finance, I might bring an ESL lesson plan on business ethics.
If the students don’t know each other, I pair them, have them interview each other, and then share the information with the class afterwards.
For pronunciation, I do my best to listen to the students and write down potential areas of improvement.This can also be great for the student to prepare as homework and then give at the next class.In the last 5 minutes of class, I review the student’s mistakes.If the student is a housewife who is interested in more general topics, I might bring an ESL lesson plan on the family.Or, I might just bring a list of questions, topics, or new headlines to our next class and have class without any printed material. Although some students dislike textbooks, I explain to them that I can teach English but I am not an expert in business.This is a good opportunity to see if the student can form proper questions. If the student does not ask any questions, I will give them a short outline of my teaching experience and qualifications.