Teaching Strategies

When learning a language, the three most important senses are
1. Visual- See and understand. (Reading, writing.)
2. Aural- Hear and understand. (Speaking, listening.)
3. Kinetic- Do and understand. (Writing, speaking.)
"I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand."
This is a commonly heard expression, and often accurate. However every individual and every language uses these three senses to different degrees. Please try to include them all in every lesson. Exercises such as reading aloud and role-plays, which use more than one sense are particularly effective.
Explanations of difficult concepts or structures ideally should also include multiple senses, such as a combination of a verbal explanation (aural), time-line (visual) and having the student make sentences related to their life (kinetic).
Rather than explaining every mistake the student is making or structure they are unsure of, try to put the onus back on them to correct their own errors or role-reverse and ask them to explain structures like present perfect to you. This will ensure that they fully understand each point. Of course, be sure to help them after giving them an opportunity to analyze and solve problems.
Schliemann method
Schliemann, a famous linguist and discoverer of the Ancient Greek city of Troy developed what he believed were indispensable steps for effective language acquisition. They are still valid today.
1. Read aloud daily.
2. Don't translate.
3. Study daily.
4. Write essays.
5. Have the essays corrected by an instructor.
6. Learn the essays by heart.
7. Review the previous lesson everyday.