I’m writing this sitting in the classroom at my English conversation school Smith’s School of English, Kawanishi スミス英会話川西校 waiting for my next student to turn up.
Yesterday, Asada Mao won a silver medal in the women’s figure-skating at the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Today I have already used an exercise, based on an article about the final from the Asahi Shimbun’s English website, in my classes for intermediate students. Al, of Smith’s School of English, Okamoto スミス英会話岡本校, and I are also planning to use this subject for our next TOEIC listening lesson.
The article is excellent because, as well as being at a level that intermediate students can understand, it uses many useful phrases and idioms. Asada “nails her triple Axels”, while Kim Yu-na (the Korean gold medallist) turned in a flawless free program.
Because the subject was so fresh as well as being of great interest to my students, the lessons were most enjoyable and a great success. My students also appreciated the effort I put in to prepare a lesson on a subject that was so close to their hearts. Needless to say, I enjoyed teaching them as much as they enjoyed learning.