As some of you might know, I teach one-to-one English lessons, and today I will share with you some of my essentials.
- The teacher’s magazine
This magazine is great for resources. It has a lot of photocopiable handouts for different levels and ages (each of them is graded), and it also comes with the solutions. It’s published monthly by ediba and in Spain it costs 3,90€. I know they also publish it in Italy, Portugal, Poland and Czech Republic (I don’t know about other countries).
The truth is that they used to be more varied in ages and levels, as now it’s mostly for young learners with an A1-A2 level. I’m using old numbers (even though I have the new ones too), since there are no activities for older and advanced students in the later ones.
This magazine also proposes lesson plans and gives you tips to work with their resources. For me it’s a must (even though I would love them to have more advanced activities, as I’m running out of them!).
- Games from Tiger
Do you know the shop “Flying Tiger Copenhagen”? If you don’t, you should visit it! It has so many things in such a good price, and many of their games can be used for teaching.
My top games for the English class are:
- Guess what!: Even though it’s meant to mime and make sounds, it can also be used for description. It has a lot of pictures (many are animals and vehicles) that are great for a guessing game. The only problem? Some of the pictures aren’t very clear…
- Storyteller dice: I have two sets, an older one with a more Christmas theme and four dice, and a more varied one with six dice. They are great for creating stories and give you lots of options.
- Personalised games
Sometimes you need to practise something very precise with your students, and you can’t find a game to fulfill your needs. This is the time to get creative! This has happened three times this year (with idioms, false friends and synonyms), so I made a game for each.
I made a memory game for the idioms (idioms in blue and meanings in orange), a domino with the false friends and another memory for the synonyms. The memory and the domino work great with my student, they are simple to make and they don’t take a lot of space.
- Fill-in-the-blank songs
This is something super simple to prepare and that they usually love. I’ve been doing that for a long time (at the beginning he asked for it), and we always finish the lesson with this activity. I let him choose the song (with previous supervision) and I usually pick hard-to-spell words and vocabulary he probably doesn’t know. It’s a great listening exercise and you can introduce a lot of new vocabulary with it.
- Portable whiteboard
This is a must have. I found out that I used so much draft paper for the explanations, and this was a waste. When I found out this portable (and magnetic!) whiteboard in Tiger (I know, I’m obsessed with this shop), I had to buy it. Kids love it, you don’t waste paper and you can carry it in your handbag. What else can I ask for?
Do you use any of these materials for your lessons? Which are your essentials?
I really hope this was useful for you!