I have taught English to foreign speakers for over 7 years.
I start with pre-basic English all the way to open conversations.
I begin with the basics; abc's, numbers (including time and money), colors, days of the week, months of the year and much more. I stress pronunciation by syllables, reading, writing and learning with computers.
To begin, a translator would be very helpful, first and maybe the second day. After that, students will be shown how to communicate with assistance for interpretation when needed.
I use Oxford Picture Dictionary, workbooks with exercises, hands-on basic computers, and of course, plenty of repetition of oral practice.
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