I had a lesson with 1 red and 1 orange student recently. When they arrived I noticed that 1 of the students was drinking a bottle of cold green tea. After asking her where she bought it she replied that it was from a convenience store. I was also amazed when she mentioned that she went to a Family Mart near her apartment almost every day. So I decided to start this lesson with a review of the Lawson’s convenience store routine. Since this was their second review both students responded with this routine’s questions and answers very well.
We then started today’s ability 2 making and responding to invitations item. Both of the students were familiar with invitations and the common expressions to accept or decline them. So we were able to start with the picture cards with very little delay. At first the students struggled a bit with some of the picture’s grammar and sentence structures. But after a few corrections initially they were able to easily proceed through most of the other invitations swiftly. By the end of this lesson they were able to freely accept or decline invitations created completely from their imagination. Seeing this development is a very satisfying and encouraging experience. I am always happy when this kind of learning process unfolds successfully.