I had a high level gentleman today. He is extremely keen and is always fun to teach, taking a digital camera photo of the white board work at the end of the class.
I asked the student whether he remembered the one point from his last lesson and he was easily able to give the answer. His one point had been from the D section which meant that it dealt primarily with gerund/infinitive verbs.
I wanted to keep the routine to a minimum today, aiming to spend most of the class on the item. This meant that I chose to run through the Routine 1 questions. This allowed me to explore what he had done this morning and to also give him an opportunity to ask me questions.
For this class I chose phrasal verbs, from the Pre-intermediate course. I wrote the language on the board and ran through the meanings of the phrasal verbs with him, asking him to give me examples of each, and making sure, as I do with all high students, that he didn’t get away with giving me any incomplete answers.
I then gave him the sequence flash cards to rearrange and then tell me how to use a vending machine, make noodles, fry an egg etc. Here I made use of his already high level of English to make him sound more natural. I emphasized the point that he should place the subject between the phrasal verb and I also picked up his intonation for introducing each sequence. As with a few red/green/yellow students they really benefit from having a lesson which goes back to basics and makes them more accountable for any mistakes that they make rather than doing a freer, more loosely structured class.
Today’s one point was again from the D section, so after writing it on the board I asked him to place the appropriate form of the verb in the sentence, and with a click of his camera he was done.