Hi there, Keninha.
First of all, the fact that someone at the age of 60 is taking an English course must suggest that she likes it somehow. At this juncture people do things they like (not to make money, to please others, etc, and I talk about the average people.)
Maybe pictures would help, maybe some easier lessons would work (then people get motivated by doing well in tests, by sensing that they can, etc. Perhaps even "summoning" some relative or friend of her could boost her confidence, or then it could be the pauses between grammar and other kinds of tools.
Say, grammar 10 or 15% of the time and the rest with other educational devices (even a walking around the square nearby, etc, speaking in English whenever you can.
Some tutor/teachers appeal to emotion, they make the learner "picture" his success; for instance by imagining in advance what they can do in the future, sing that Beatles song or to sing Purple Rain etc...? To know what Julia Roberts lines in that movie picture? And so on and on and on.
Always check the development (perhaps keeping tabs on the topics), so you get back to some topics now and then. That is, you can wedge a given topic
In your conversation/lesson on purpose. Thus, you go ahead but "not leaving that topic behind".
Another point is, you don´t always paper and ink to teach some things. For example, to show that "went" is verb to be (in past form.)
Respect her pace and limits, though. If all that fails, you still have three alternatives:
- Refer to another teacher (maybe one that is qualified exactly to that task, if any.),
- Work with help of other professionals (psychologists, etc)
- And/or establish how far she can go (perhaps there´s an optimal point where she would be satisfied - English enough to talk to her grandson that is coming from abroad...
And, be aware that sometimes one have to choose their battles, call it quits, (in a gracious way, of course) In the second case
, perhaps you need to assess the situation as a whole. A little query may be necessary, what about to dig deeper? Would the girl be studying just to please her parents, boyfriend, family? Would she been putting her money where her heart is, or would someone else being paying for your lesson and time?
Would she have some kind of problem? Would she have some kind of attention deficit or some degree of dyslexia? Would what she learned been acquired from poor teaching?
Also try to make a schedule, where you plan the topics of FCE (for example) and tick the topics covered, compare with the remaining topics and try to
Get a 'promise" to get some of the remaining covered in time. Use also the emotion, appeal to that "travel abroad", that "making friends and talking in English with them."...but only after having aced (or at least not flunked) the FCE.
After some real progress, praise, but don´t praise just for the sake of it (anyway, don´t let a good opportunity pass when the student achieve.)
I hope some people that are into Education/teaching give more pieces of advice you (to us). I am no teacher or such, these are just some life experience that kicked in. Hence, it´s a bit of just based in empirical observation.
I wish you luck.