What is your opinion about the use of textbooks (A1-C2) in private lessons? Do you think they are effective? Are they too artificial? Are they more suited to language classrooms (more than 1 student)? How do you like to work with your tutor / teachers?
It depends. A great and an experienced teacher teaching from an interesting textbook knows how to use it in one-to-one lesson so that any student benefits of it. As for me, I am learning French from the textbook in a classroom environment. We use a perfect textbook Totem which allows us to learn either in a class or at home on our own. But I don’t think that it is the most appropriate way to learn a real everyday language because there are topics I am not interested in at all and I can’t imagine myself discussing them or to learn more about them in a real life. On the other hand good textbooks are often very well structured with use of an effective methodology.
I think that learning from textbooks is inevitable for those considering studying at universities or aiming to get any language certificate. Up to level B2 I was used to learning English from textbooks. I found it useful and beneficial because I had considered taking any exam to get a certificate then. Recently I’ve started learning from C1 textbook but I find it irrelevant to my needs and interrests which makes me bored and puts me really off.