Number one for English language teachers

One-to-one lessons: After a holiday

Type: Teaching notes

In this lesson, Lindsay Clandfield provides some tips and ideas for getting back into the swing of teaching one-to-one lessons.


Getting back into the groove of teaching and learning after a break (like Christmas vacation) is often difficult for all involved. One of the most logical things to do in a class after a prolonged absence is to talk about what the student has done during that time. In one to one classes this often takes the form of “So, what did you do during your (summer/Christmas etc) vacation?” with the hope that the student will have something to say that will spark a conversation. But sometimes the one question doesn’t do it, and you are left with a disappointing exchange ...

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  • Hi there,

    Glad to hear that you like it. Let us know how you get on with your lower class.

    Best wishes,
    The onestopenglish team

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  • Nice activity! I am going to adjust it to my lower class also!! Thank you!

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