Amparo Bertram (spacealien_vamp) wrote,
Amparo Bertram
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How to take students by surprise

In one of my classes today, my team teacher asked me "What did you do this weekend?" (This is a typical warm-up to start the class with a bit of listening practice for the students.) When I mentioned that I had gone to the Kyoto Botanical Garden, she asked the students if any of them had ever been there. (Not many had.) She then made the announcement: "If you go there with your boyfriend, you'll break up."

The students, of course, were taken aback. The teacher then went on to mention some other place in Kyoto that's famous for breaking up couples. (Japanese girls LOVE these kinds of superstitions, both the good ones and the bad ones. They really eat it up.)

Since some of the English club girls mentioned that they wanted to do some "quick" cooking, I invited them back to my apartment to make muffins. )It was much easier than borrowing the home ec room, since I know where everything is in my apartment and I know I have the right implements for the job.) They were shocked that I was so fast to take them up on the idea; they figured it would take a bit of planning to go out and buy ingredients and such. (I had everything on hand anyway...) Only six of them showed up this time, so it wasn't too crowded, either.

So we baked cranberry muffins and then they sat around chatting until around six.
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