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It is important for learners to know how to write about and verbally explain a process. Have your learner think of something he or she knows how to do that doesn't require a lot of time or materials (example: Origami, darning a sock, doing a card trick). Talk about the process to help generate the necessary vocabulary and grammatical structures, then ask them to write the process for homework. Ask him or her to bring the necessary materials next time; when you meet, then have your learner read the instructions while you follow them, using the materials, to see if the instructions explain the process thoroughly. If not, go back over them and work together to fill in the gaps, then try again. If so, congratulations to both of you! You could also switch this process by writing some instructions for your learner to follow; it's great listening practice.