Wednesday, May 16, 2012

843. My oldies, still eager to learn

One day teacher of English A said to teacher of English B, “I’m glad with my adult students of English. All of them are now retired, but so eager still to actually learn that language. In today’s class they’ve been speaking in English from the beginning, when someone was telling something to someone else about Granada’s soccer team, which stays in the Premier League or Spanish First Division for one more season, after the summer.

Maybe the first student began by speaking in Spanish, his L1, but I gave him a slight prompt to him to shift into English. Some of his classmates contributed to the discussion by speaking in that language. I’d say about 90% of classes now are in English, and it’s them who just wish to learn! They’re the protagonists of the class (plus by me as the teacher).

Something that helps, that adds is that a nice number of the students have an advanced or upper-intermediate level of English: if they speak, they help to some way stir up the class to speaking in English. Fantastic.” / Photo from: american-indian-artwork com. old gas station      
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