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The difference between teaching one to one and groupsTeachers of English are becoming more and more in demand on a one to one basis, as students are keen to receive extra attention from their teacher, and have their English learning needs addressed directly and specifically. Teaching individuals is a very different experience to teaching groups; as a result, some teachers prefer to teach individual students, whereas others have a preference for group classes. There are advantages and disadvantages to each option for both the students and the teacher, therefore many teachers choose to divide their working hours between teaching groups and individuals. students who want one to one lessons are willing to pay a premium for the privilege, and are often more motivated than students attending group lessons. Within groups of students, levels of motivation, as well as reasons for wanting to learn English, can vary significantly. Maintaining the motivation and interest of an individual student can be easier for a teacher, as lessons can be tailored to meet their specific requirements and be based around their personal interests. Within a group, there will always be a variety of interests, and some students will find certain topics more engaging than others. If a teacher is giving individual classes, it is much easier to get to know the student than if there is a whole class to get to know. Therefore interests can be identified much more quickly, and a closer working relationship between the teacher and the student can be built. Despite it being slightly more difficult, it is still important for teachers to take the time to get to know all students in group classes, and consider each of their needs and interests when planning the lessons. As well as motivation and interests, the actual level of language itself can vary greatly within a class. Depending on the size of the school, and the number of classes that are available, the difference could be quite wide. However, with individual lessons, there is only the level of one student to consider, and it is much easier to identify areas that need improvement than with a whole group. When teaching groups, it may be necessary to plan different level activities around the same topic, or provide extra activities for those students who work at a faster pace. When teaching individuals, teachers only have the pace of one student to consider, and it is much easier to see when the student has come across a stumbling block. Individual students tend to get through work much quicker than group as it is more likely to be at the right level for them and not cause them to struggle too much; feedback can be much quicker too. Therefore, teachers who are used to teaching groups must always over prepare (even more so than usual) when teaching individuals. As with group classes, it is important to not rush through work to get everything finished; the work will still be there when it is time for the next class. It is much easier to put tasks on hold until the following lesson than it is to fill time at the end of a class with nothing prepared. The main drawback with individual lessons is the loss of the classroom dynamic. There is no opportunity for students to complete group work, and the only pair work they do will be with the teacher. There are some activities that work very well in group lessons, but are not possible to complete in a one to one lesson. This means that tasks cannot be as varied and interesting as they are within a group classroom, and students do not have the opportunity to experiment with the language with their peers. This focus on an individual student can be very tiring for both parties. I believe that a balance of individual and group lessons can be a very interesting timetable for teachers. It is important to retain a balance of all skill areas with both types of lessons, and to include as many games and fun activities as is possible with individual lessons as it is not just the groups who want to have fun whilst learning!