Top Tips 1!

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Top Tips 1!

  Before you speak
  • Make sure you’re in a good place to talk – quiet, with good lighting and without too many distractions (e.g. no radio or TV on in the background).
  • Get the learner’s full attention before you start.
  • Position yourself where the learner can see you as clearly as possible (e.g. with your face well-lit) and try to be on the same level as the person, rather than standing over them.
  • Sit close to the learner (although not so close you are in their personal space) and make eye contact.
  • Make sure your body language is open and relaxed.
  • Have enough time to spend with the learner. If you feel rushed or stressed, take some time to calm down.
  • Think about what you are going to talk about. It may be useful to have an idea for a particular topic ready. You can also use the learner’s environment to stimulate topics.
  • Make sure learner’s other needs are met before you start (e.g. they’re not hungry).