In order to concentrate on your conversations you will need adequate space in a place that is silent, well-illuminated and pleasant.
Also, you will need a desk and a computer with the necessary equipment such as a headset with an attached microphone which is ideal to better hear and be heard. You must have some high quality monolingual and bilingual dictionaries. There are excellent online dictionaries for this purpose. Ask me for this information.
These tools will allow you to dedicate your time to a fulfilling experience and you will be better able to take maximum advantage of your time.
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High Speed Wired Broadband Connection
A a minimum of a 10Mbps wired Internet connection is required. The maximum speed possible in your area would be best if it is, at least, 10Mbps. Of course, the faster, the better.
Please, do not use a wireless Internet connection, as it is not stable.
Please, use a personal computer (PC) or a laptop or a notebook.
A cell phone or tablet works but is not so effective because you cannot take notes easily or use text chat like you can on a PC or laptop, plus your screen is much, much smaller.
A free Google Calendar account is recommended.
You can use it to keep track of your scheduled sessions.
Retroshare is free and recommended. You can use this free program if you want to share files safely and confidentially.
Headset With Attached Microphone
A headset is recommended as you can hear much better and speak more clearly because of the proximity of your mouth to the microphone.
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Requisites and Suggestions
Willingness to learn, discipline to prepare, and determination to improve.
It is a good idea to know and/or choose a topic you want to discuss. The conversation content is very flexible.
During a session, for example, you could:
(a) practice with spontaneous conversations.
(b) talk about something that you read. You must share with the tutor what you are going to read so the tutor can read it, too.
(c) correct written homework you’ve done, provided it is short, in order to converse more during your scheduled session.
(d) ask about grammar, or if you have questions about something from your studies or school or work, you can ask about it.
The tutor will help stimulate your conversation but you should choose what you wish to discuss and take the initiative to direct your conversation because this forces you to think in the language. The tutor is here to help you but you are here to activate your own learning and, also, your own ideas that you want to share. You must be interested in what you want to talk about, otherwise, your time will be wasted talking about, maybe, what you don’t like.
The tutor does not let a session get boring.
It is part of your learning because it must come from within you to want to speak. You do the speaking, I will assist you to become aware of mistakes in grammar, pronunciation or choice of vocabulary. That’s how to learn effectively with someone coaching you to become aware of the English language.
If you don’t understand, please, you must say to the tutor: “I don’t understand.”
Always ask questions when you don’t understand! How are you going to learn, you don’t?
As you are responsible for the content of the conversation, the tutor does not prepare or give homework unless there is something the tutor thinks you need to do. The tutor will give you, sometimes, handouts that he thinks are important for you.
Note: Generally, one to three conversations per week are recommended.