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Ideas for your next class: Topic-based tutoring

Do you have a language tutor? (You can get one here!)

Run this idea by your tutor the next time you meet – topic-based tutoring.

Normally during your lessons, you may start off with some small talk, maybe about the weather or what you did over the weekend. You probably spend no more than a few minutes talking about those topics, then move on.

What if you spent the whole class dedicated to speaking about one of those topics – let’s say, weather?
You can practice different verb tenses (Yesterday it was snowing, but today it has been sunny. Tomorrow they say it will be raining, and maybe there will be a storm. I wish it were sunny all the time). You can also practice describing pictures to cover topics that you may not have direct experience with.

If you live in sunny Southern Spain for example, you probably won’t have experience with snow, but describing a picture of Northern Canada can help you practice that vocabulary.

If you live in sunny Southern Spain for example, you probably won’t have experience with snow, but describing a picture of Northern Canada can help you practice that vocabulary.

With this technique, you can cover a wide range of vocabulary for that topic and thus be able to talk about it in many different contexts and situations. You’ll become proficient in talking about the weather and in the next class, maybe you can move on to animals, ecosystems, banking, childcare, describing pain – whatever fits best for you. Instead of spending a few minutes skimming over the subject, dive in!

Let me know if you try this out with your tutor or if you would like to try it out with me!