Zuzana Kušnírová: Teaching Individuals: my experiences Motivation and teaching strategies, Teaching courses and individuals I have taught the Slovak language to students in a small private language school for 2 years. We provide different courses at different levels. We usually offer class courses, but there are always some individuals looking for one-to-one tutoring. Motivation for their language learning is typically for professional opportunity, for spouse or studies at university. Studying individually Advantages: one-to-one lessons , personalized learning, full concentration on a person, immediate feedback, constant interaction, individual pace, voluntary language learners, peparing a lesson plan depends on: level, length of study, needs Disadvantages: no interaction with other students, constant attention, more demanding preparation for a teacher, less fun We apply communicative teaching and try to develop all the skills: receptive (listening the and reading) and productive (speaking and writing). audio – lingual method (listening to model dialogues, repetition and drilling) topical, select activities, following the coursebook objectives conversational fluency or gramatical accuracy positive atmosphere Three examples of students I work with: A 14-year-old Korean student She studies ballet at Slovak Secondary school what motivates her to learn the most of Slovak. She is in a Slovak environmnet on a daily basis, so she listens to Slovak and needs to understand and communicate. She needs logical grammar structures. She is a visual and a musical type of learner. I use a lot of pictures and dialogues. She is very dilligent and hardworking. She prepares very hard for each lesson. A 28-year-old Bulgarian student The student´s mother tongue belongs to slavic languages, the same as Slovak. That enables her to master it perfectly. She has a great inner motivation because of her Slovak spouse. She is a lingvistic and a logical type of learner. She is also very skillful and demanding to herself. A 45-year-old Romanian student She does not need Slovak inevitably because she uses English at work. It is her own interest to know the language of a country living in at the moment. She works a lot but even if she does not have enough time to study, she does her best. She is a visual, lingvistic and very systematical type of student. She memorizes the sentences and learns them by writing.