In many (most) real cases a teacher or a tutor (even free-lance) sticks to particular course / program plan. So, he/she normally prepares some materials and uses a road map of some kind, often having a some distinctive ‘mark’ (exam, test,…) in the end of the course.
Language forum is obviously a very specific place, where learners are fluent to drive themselves everywhere and with unlimited speed - and teachers are rather ‘slave’ (in a good sense :))
I mean, that in many (most) cases they have just a simple choice - to answer or ignore a question. And have no liability.
Here, at english-test.net, each enthusiastic learner has it’s own profile that can show the way behind. And nobody knows future steps.
The situation is similar to an early childhood when there is no special ‘education program’ yet, and a kid is fluent to ask any questions with no system, he/she demands answers and becomes angry, if can’t understand something in a response.
My question is addressed to anyone who ever tought something to somebody systematically :):
which of the forms is/seems-to-be more attractive for you – both at conscious level and psychologically (more interesting, for example, even though the results could be not so impressive, as if/when you ‘lead’ a student. Keeping to the beaten track).