This is why I love teaching online. Online classes are 1-on-1, and students generally feel in their comfort zone because they're normally at home or in their office. It usually leads to more in-depth, interesting discussions on a wide range of topics. Normally, at first, I assign students to write a diary for homework. This diary can be of anything they want. It's just used to get to know them and their general handle of English. We then look at grammar when and where it's needed. The heart and soul of a language is communication.
What do you think?