Don’t Be Afraid to Say You Don’t Know: if you can’t answer a tough grammar question, tell the students you’ll look into it and get back to them. You will also benefit as a teacher by learning about what you can’t already explain confidently.Review: the problem with no-textbook conversation classes is the lack of structure.This one seems to trip up everyone occasionally, often as a pure typo. “There” is used many ways, including as a reference to a place (“let’s go there”) or as a pronoun (“there is no hope”).“Their” is a plural possessive pronoun, as in “their bags” or “their opinions.” Always do the “that’s ours!Ask open-ended questions instead of Yes/No questions. In group settings, have students talk together, while you play the role of a moderator.Guide the conversation without becoming the focus of it.
Too much correction when the student is speaking can be discouraging and disrupt the flow of conversation.
’ into something interesting, it’s good to have a list of about four or five interesting questions for when there is a lull in the conversation. Don’t Talk Too Much: although some students are happy listening to their teacher’s wonderful English, they can do this at home with a DVD.