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Teaching my friend english, no experience

antheads 13 | 366
16 Sep 2011 #1
Hi, I have a friend who can't speak english but can understand a very basic degree. To get his sponsor permanent visa he needs to improve , a lot. Ideally I'm looking for an online course with polish help and i can do face to face time once a week. I know there are different methods for teaching english but i am a bit lost. Any suggestions?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
16 Sep 2011 #2
Any suggestions?

have him answer two or three very simple questions every day. do it by email and then u can show basic grammar, if need be.

have him watch certain youtube clips, which u suggest.

tell him to buy an 'easy reader'

have him buy a grammar book with all explanations in Polish. or get one sent from Poland.

give him loads of confidence and tell him he's doing great. otherwise he may give up.

find out what level of english he actually needs. old test papers etc.
OP antheads 13 | 366
16 Sep 2011 #3
hey wroclaw
Ive given him an english/polish workbook but basically he is working 6 days a week and looking after a kid, and im kinda busy too so was hoping for a work book or a website recomendation that he can go through and i can meet up with him once a week and go over what he has done and add to his learning. basically if he can't motiviate himself for the other 6 days a week then theres no point imho? but yeah point taken about the everday skype chats could be good.
16 Sep 2011 #4
For me, the lack or presence of experience is less important than that the person "teaching" the other, in this case English, be at the very least native in ability!! Otherwise, it's all too often nothing more than the blind leading the blind-:)

Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
16 Sep 2011 #5

look for something like this.
OP antheads 13 | 366
4 Oct 2011 #6
thanks this is good, is there any books anyone can recomend? Or different learning methods that are better for busy people?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,384
4 Oct 2011 #7
Or different learning methods that are better for busy people?

online tests.

also, the BBC (telly/radio people) teach english.
TanyaCole 1 | 15
15 Feb 2012 #8
youtube is a great way to begin with, as it helps with pronunciation as well. It is going to be a long slog, Iet's hope you are up to it!

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