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08:05 pm: I Survived English Workshop '05
It turned out that the typhoon missed my area entirely. We didn't get so much as a drop of rain.

The workshop went okay. The girls were divided into three groups. One group was fantastic and totally got into all the activities. The other two mainly just sat there and looked bewildered. For example, to start up the shopping lesson, I did a sentence auction (the students get $100 and are supposed to bid on sentences, trying to buy the correct ones rather than the incorrect ones). The good group totally got into it and had a bidding frenzy. The other two groups...no one was willing to bid more than $4 for ANY sentence, correct or not. Many sentences went by without a single bid at all. The other two ALTs had similar reactions to their lessons.

The shopping part of my lesson went all right. Some of the students really got into the haggling...one of the store owners managed to get away with charging $20 for a pen because it was glittery. Some of the customers were into bargain hunting, too, scooping up huge piles of merchandise and offering one or two dollars.

One of the merchandise items I had brought were some calendars that I had intended to give out as prizes earlier in the year but never had the opportunity. The students went crazy over them. Quite a few were determined to win one when I offered them as prizes for games later on.

It just so happened that the same hotel was being used by a group of students from a boys' school. ^_^; I didn't know about this until later. I ran into some of them this morning getting off the elevator with a bunch of my students to go to breakfast. The boys were like, "Whoa! Jackpot! They're all babes!" <g>

The food was okay overall, though the breakfast buffet was disappointing. No potatoes. (How can you have a breakfast buffet without potatoes?!) They had scrambled eggs...but Japanese eggs are never cooked all the way through, they generally have a consistency resembling paste, so I couldn't stomach them.

The best part about the workshop is that there were no mosquitoes this year!



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Date:August 26th, 2005 04:35 am (UTC)
I really liked the whole shopping idea! Shopping transcends language barriers LOL (and hey! glittery pens!! :-) ). Sounds like that part was a lot of fun!

Boo on no potatoes! Breakfast out for me always includes hash browns (nice and shreddy, a little crispy) but I'm sure that's not necessarily a Japanese breakfast staple. (Ewww on the eggs - back when I could still eat them, I couldn't stand runny/soft/undercooked ones!)
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Date:August 26th, 2005 01:45 pm (UTC)
I'm sure that's not necessarily a Japanese breakfast staple.

It's not, unfortunately. Yet, for some reason, salad is.

When I complained about the lack of potatoes, one of the other ALTs tried to suggest helpfully, "They have rice..."

Me: <GLARE OF DEATH> Rice is NOT potatoes.

<uses Ikegami icon because he's so horrified at my pickiness...and because lack of potatoes is just that sad>
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Date:August 26th, 2005 06:03 am (UTC)
I did the shopping lesson in my class one time, and it was a lot of fun. (Of course, my students were buying paper items and shopping with a currency I named the "nyan.") The hagglers were the best. I saw one woman buy a hamburger for a dollar and then turn around and sell it for twenty. At the end, I had one student with a pile of money, another with a pile of merchandise, and the rest of the class with hardly anything.
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Date:August 26th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
...one of the store owners managed to get away with charging $20 for a pen because it was glittery.

A true-born capitalist. Warms the heart. ^^

Btw, if you ever need some Malaysian coins/handicraft/something for prizes for your students, just let me know. :)
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