TO THE TUTOR; ONCE YOU HAVE MADE A VOCABULARY LIST AND YOUR STUDENT KNOWS ALL THE WORDS, USE THE LIST IN SET HOMEWORK.
A Vocabulary Worksheet appears in the previous blog post, namely
'Lumiere English Academy - Distance Teaching Course Lesson 10 Vocabulary'
and can be accessed at
It is important for the tutor to make comprehension exercises available which add to general knowledge and the life skills of the student.
This broadens the student's knowledge base, and equips him or her to deal with everyday life with greater confidence and ability.
Set the following homework for your student.
Give a date for the homework to be completed in order to keep your student focused.
Tolkien described the hobbit Bilbo Baggins as living in accomodation with panelled walls, tiled and carpeted floors, polished chairs and many rooms.
The best rooms of the hobbit's hole had deep-set round windows that looked over his garden and the meadows, sloping down to the river.
Bilbo was a very well-to-do hobbit.
In your opinion, is Bilbo Baggins a prosperous hobbit in a beautiful and expensive home in a good area and neighbourhood, or is he a struggling hobbit in a broken down area in a neighbourhood which is not prosperous or beautifully kept?
Mark your student's answer. This form of question offers the following benefits;
- Encourages your student to read good literature
- The student is encouraged to start writing and to build up his or her powers of essay writing, comprehension, vocabulary and description
Set further questions based on classic literature and give them to your student to complete.
Write an essay on any topic you wish.
Make use of words from your vocabulary worksheet in the essay.
In the following you will find words which are in bold italics.
Identify the part of speech of each.
1. Bushy eyebrows
2. Remarkable tale
3. Second edition
4. Bright colours
5. Bearded dwarves
6. Comfortable father
7. Tall pointed blue hat
8. Silver scarf
9. A hobbit
10. A fairy wife
11. Large stupid folk
12. The ordinary
13. The most extraordinary fashion
Answer key to Question 3;
7. Tall - adjective
Pointed - adjective
Blue - adjective
9. Indefinite article
10. A - indefinite article
fairy - adjective
11. Large - Adjective
Stupid - adjective
Folk - noun
12. Definite article
13. The - definite article
Extraordinary - adjective
Best wishes with your tuturing!
Catherine Nicolette Whittle
Diploma TESOL and EDI Level 5 Diploma in Teaching English
London Teacher's Training College