ET: Long time no see
My first Tuesday afternoon student came in today with a cheerful smile and all ready to study English. She jumped right into the one point by announcing, “Long time, no see,” just as she sat down. It’s nice to see that she keeps practicing her one points even after she leaves the school because she always remembers them.
Item: Introductions 2
We continued into the item, going through the names of our family members and friends. Afterwards, we asked and answered questions about these listed people in the third person. She had absolutely no problem following the outline of this item, eagerly telling me what her children were doing in terms of their jobs and hobbies. She sometimes confused ‘his’ with ‘her’ but we drilled it until we eliminated that little recurring error. When we got to the textbook part of the lesson, we slowed it down for her to learn a lot of new vocabulary. She commented that these new phrases and verbs were very useful to her because they related to her job.
This part of the lesson was great for practicing the questions from Routine 1 since she is still perfecting her answers to them. Everything was asked in the past tense to keep her on her toes, forcing her to remember what she had done the previous day. She really appreciated this part of the lesson and took new notes down whenever a new question or sentence popped up.
One Point: I think so too
I said to her, “I think cats are cute,” and asked her what she thought. She nodded her head enthusiastically in agreement and repeated in Japanese that cats were indeed cute. I explained to her that when agreeing with someone’s opinion, it is okay to just say, “I think so too.” We tried again. This time, I said to her, “I think that it’s really cold today.” She replied, “I think so too!” And seeing as how this was to be the last lesson until the New Year, she gave me a little present. A very cute, artistic calendar filled with little colorful rats. We wished each other a good holiday season and I thanked her for the very thoughtful present.