My red students today was working on countable/uncountable nouns. As she reviewed the picture cards, she had a little difficulty sorting out the difference between slice of cake and hunk of cheese. She asked about pie and pizza, then chuckled a bit nervously at the piece and slice. But she was writing things down and hanging in there.
Then “Evil Sue” took over. I introduced her One Point right then and there. A32 ~ do you know it? Nope, not in my book either, but I’m going to pencil it in. “Piece of cake!” Of course, not to be confused with slice of cake…. I explained the difference to her, and her eyes widened and she was kind of stunned. “How am I going to remember these?” I could almost see the words pass across her forehead as she looked at me rather blankly. I just smiled. Suddenly, she laughed and I saw a light bulb go on over her head. She loved the One Point, and repeated it to herself several more times to get the intonation down.
At the end of the lesson, I asked her how today went for her, and she said, “it wasn’t a piece of cake.” Perfect answer! She was happy, and said she’d learned a lot, though, so I think today’s lesson hit on exactly the right level of challenge for her.
And I had fun, too!