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indicates lessons you can use if the internet connection is poor 
and only allows you to type.

1. Teaching “road signs” to help early communication.
                      2. Wonderful worksheets!
                      3. Beginner textbook.
                      4. As your student progresses 



Please listen.

Please repeat.

Please read.

Please write.


Ø Worksheets are wonderful! While you are getting to know your student, use them freely. Here are some of our favorites:

     QUESTION: Should my lessons follow a conventional English textbook curriculum?
     ANSWER: Because of all the variables you are dealing with (different cultures and approaches to teaching, or needing, for example, to use only typing in some areas if Skype voice and video fails) we have found that you will find yourself developing a unique course for your student to meet his/her interests, culture, and needs.  

This textbook is based on the much respected work of Raymond Murphy: 

Online word games can make a wonderful weekly lesson!

Beginning grammar lessons: 



1) Show your student a photo you know would interest him or her and ask the student to write 5 sentences about it.
2) Ø To expand your student’s vocabulary, start with a simple word and see how many words you can make by changing just one letter. Show the student 3 or 4 examples and then begin a new word and let them try.
     cat  => hat  => hit  => sit  => sat

3) Ø You might want to make a dictionary for your student of the words he or she is learning. Students love this and it becomes a great incentive to learn more. If you feel your student can easily obtain a small notebook, have them name it “My Dictionary” and add any artwork they want. Each week, add new words. Or, if your student has easy access to the internet, make a Google blog for him or her. The blog can include other things you are learning together and serve as a way for the student to practice during the week.  Keep the blog simple!  Here is an example:

4) Ø Internet Tales.  Begin a story spontaneously about something you know your student would be interested in. Write 2 or 3 short, simple sentences and send them to your student on Skype messenger. Next the student writes 1 or 2 sentences to keep the story going and sends them back to you. Correct the student’s mistakes and then add 2 or 3 more sentences. Stories that prove to be wonderfully creative, continue over several weeks. For those that didn’t quite “get off the ground” wrap up in one lesson. These Internet Tales have proven to be one of the most successful lessons.

5) Ø Guess the word!  Think of a word and write questions about it until your student can guess the word.  Example.
     • It walks on 4 feet.
     • It has small eyes.
     • It has a big head.
     • It has a long nose.  ....  Answer: an elephant.

6) I went to the store to buy ... [a repetition exercise]
     Start a verbal “grocery list” of things to buy and repeat all of the items as the list grows. See how many the student can remember.