I had a lesson with 3 orange students last week. 2 of the students I hadn’t seen in a while and the other was a new student who recently started here at Smith’s school. I noticed that they had been doing some basic items recently so I chose the more challenging intermediate ability 2 item for them this time. This item focuses on invitations so I started the presentation by asking if any of the students had any foreign English speaking friends. One responded that they had a British friend who they often sent emails to. After that I introduced the questions often used to invite others including “Would you like to ___ with me?” All 3 students were familiar with these invitation questions and their answers so we swiftly moved on to the practice session with the picture cards.
At first some of the students had some problems with some of the picture card invitations. But I was able to correct their minor errors easily. They eventually were able to ask and reply to each others invitations with very little trouble. I was even pleased to see that they were able to ask several follow up questions from their imagination. The best outcome however was that each of the students wrote 1 complete page of notes in their notebooks. Seeing this kind of successful result confirms that the learning process was the true winner today.