Happy Wednesday guys and gals! I’m finally back at work this week and my first few days back at work have been brilliant – all guns blazing! (or so I’d like to think…)
I’m teaching a lovely intermediate class, with a mixture of Argentinian teens, a Turkish lady, a Turkish man and three Kuwaiti students… and they are all delightful! So far, I’ve hardly heard anything but English (always a huge plus!) and although they’re shy when I’m asking them questions, they work so well with each other!
My second class is an upper-intermediate with a mixture of 5 students I used to teach (at different levels), a lovely Spanish girl and also some Argentinian students. These guys are on fire! As soon as they realize they know something, I can’t get them to stop! We spent fifteen minutes today talking about idioms and sayings in Spanish and Arabic – it was brilliant and some of the sayings are absolutely hilarious!
For example, if someone is always looking for the negatives, they say
- You’re looking for the fifth leg of the cat
- You’re looking for the second tail on the dog
The equivalent to our English saying ‘the lights are on but nobody’s home’ is
- You have no lights
My lunch-time speaking class is pre-intermediate, with two students I taught before Christmas. Today we role-played interviewing actors or journalists and it was hilarious (once they’d done the writing part). It’s been ages since I’d seen a class laugh so hysterically over not very much, but it was great!
My main focuses this week are:
- To get my upper-int class reading
- To encourage my int class to be less shy
- To break down my instructions more clearly for my pre-int class (I noticed today at least 3 out of 5 of them didn’t follow my instructions, and realized I probably waffled on a little bit)
Teachers – what are you working on this week? If you have any suggestions on encouragement for reading, please share them with me? I love reading and I’m struggling for ideas on how to encourage others, other than saying “YEAH READING IS GREAT!”