Siphokuhle Twala
Community Tutor
First Time Questions
Hi everybody! Please answer the following questions

<ol><li>As a teacher, what are your go to questions you ask when you meet your student for the 1st time?</li><li>What do you do when your students seems uninterested in the lesson?</li></ol>

Thank you in advance for answering :)

*Feel free to respond in your own language


Jun 9, 2020 11:52 AM
Comments · 4
I usually ask where they're from, whether or not they have travelled a lot, what they do for a living and in case they live abroad i ask whether they miss/visit their home country.
Then it depends on what they want to focus on, which i ask in advance. One student wanted to focus on the simple past in particular so I asked about his childhood and youth, his experiences in high school, college etc. If someone prefers to practice future tenses, i might ask about his or her plans for the future.
I hope that helps
June 9, 2020
My go-to questions are what they do for a living, then immediately in to world news.

If they seem uninterested, you might ask them what style of lesson they are looking for; if they understand what you are saying; and ask them about their interests, hobbies and passions. What is it they care not deeply about in terms of world issues.

Hope that helps.

I find that sometimes people can't understand my accent, so I have to speak slower and clearer, then it seems to improve.
June 9, 2020
Oh that's interesting Alemão! It makes sense because then you can also be able to correct their tenses while they speak of something dear to them :)

Thank you!
June 9, 2020
Thank you for responding Karen.

I think one thing that bothers me at times is when students answer open ended questions with just one word
June 9, 2020
Siphokuhle Twala
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English, Other, Portuguese, Spanish, Tswana, Xhosa, Zulu
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