Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram
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Show and tell

Today I introduced the first of the three major speaking activities to my third-year students: show and tell. (They hadn't ever heard of it before.) After I did my little demonstration (showing some potholders I had crocheted), we started the textbook. (Note: This textbook is about 1/4 inch thick, and they only did half of it last year. We'll be doing the second half this year.) The chapter happened to be about health and diet, so my team teacher (as a sort of intro) turned to me and brought up that I'm vegetarian. After my quick explanation, she said, "I could never be vegetarian. I love steak."

I added, as an afterthought, "You know, in America you can buy food that tastes like meat but is made of vegetables." She was rather taken by surprise and asked for clarification. "For example, you can get chicken nuggets that have no chicken in them, just soybeans."

The whole class was flabbergasted. "What?! Soybeans? No way!" I was soon asked to bring some in for "show and tell" again the next time we meet.

One of the new teachers came up to talk to me today in preparation for our first class together next week. I will have the Listening class with him. I explained to him up front the problems that I noticed in the class last time (students napping, fixing makeup, chatting, etc.) and recommended that we A) add activities that aren't from the textbook for the sake of variety and B) add "participation" to the students' grade.

We brainstormed for a while about what kind of listening activities we could do outside of the textbook. Eventually he asked, "Can we use movies or DVDs?"

Me: We can...but I don't have any...

[Okay, technically my parents brought me some, but they're all region 1, and I think unsubtitled Galaxy Rangers would go over their heads anyway.]

Teacher: It's just that I really like Star Trek, and I want to use it in the lesson somehow...

Me: Ah, this year is looking better already. That's a good idea.

Whether we actually find a way to work it into the class or not I don't know. We'll see.

The English club students went bonkers over filming their promo video after school. They had us doing all kinds of things, like entering the room dancing and collapsing in a fit of giggles while watching The Simpsons. (They're trying to emphasize the "freedom" of the English club--you can do whatever you want!)
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