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Principles & Tips
Speak in English
Ani students are learning English at school and have basic English proficiency, so most (if not all) Ani sessions should be in English
Use video Skype, not just audio. Also use other skype features like chat and share screen to make the most of your Ani sessions
Length of sessions
Ani sessions should go for 30-45 min
You’re a coach, not a teacher
Think of yourself as a coach / tutor helping your student practice / improve their English
Be overly cheery
You’ll probably be nervous for the first session and your student will be very shy at first, but take the lead, be overly cheery, and by week 3 you’ll be best friends for life
The Coaching Guide is just a guide
You don’t need to follow the Ani Coaching Guide word for word, you can tweak , chop, change as you feel best to help your student improve their English
Build a personal connection
Spend time in the first few Ani sessions building a personal connection / friendship. Talk about interests, hobbies, travel, career ambition, etc.
Build a routine
Try to stick to the same time for each Ani session. Things will come up and you can change the time of the sessions as required, but try your best to build routine
Skype & email for correspondence
You’ll find skype is just as common as email for messaging in Armenia so use both to get intouch with your student
Probe & test understanding
Most students will say ‘yes I understand’ when they really don’t because they don’t want to admit they don’t, so make sure you test and probe their understanding
If you can’t translate a word, there’s always google translate
Praise their progress
Positive reinforcement is the best encouragement, so praise your Ani student when they get something right
Structure of Ani Sessions
Each Ani session is divided into 3 parts – general conversation, English activity, wrap-up
Ani Coaching Guides
Regardless of which level your Ani sessions are set to start at, the first Ani session is always an ice breaker aimed at introductions and getting to know eachother. Please use this session guide for your first Ani session. Getting to know eachother and connecting on a personal level will set you and your student up for a successful Ani relationship!
After the initial ice breaker session (above), use the respective Ani guide below for each session. Each guide covers a period of 12 weeks. At the end of the 12 week mark you can either stop Ani or continue onto the next level. Hopefully at the end of 12 weeks you’re enjoying Ani so much that you continue as most of our coaches do!
At the end of each level please let us know my emailing firstname.lastname@example.org so we can send your student a Certificate of Completion!
If you have any questions checkout our FAQ page, or email us at email@example.com.