Last Thursday here at Kyobashi I had one of those lessons that an English school loves. Intermediate level, and very enthusiastic about all that the lesson entails.
I started off by chatting to him a bit about what he’s scared of, his onepoint from last lesson. This turned out to be quite funny, inspiring him to tell me a few stories of disaster and his new car.
As a quite confident and talkative student, I rarely find the need to prompt him to talk very much, but sometimes I have to enforce some structure in the lesson!
So we kicked off this with routine 12 – shopping 2. Having gone through it once only, earlier in the year, I still figured he had it down pretty well considering the ease of which he grasps new things. I wrote up the L shape on the board and went through it once, before asking him the questions which was fine. Leaving the L shape on the board, I changed some of the verbs and nouns around a little so that the story was about his car instead. I then asked him to tell me story of how he had to take his new car back to the dealer, using the specific forms of the verbs in the routine.
We moved onto a pre-buildup item – injuries 1. This went swimmingly, and we had a few laughs advising one another, or musing about all the things that can go wrong with your body from too much stress (vital organ problems, hair loss, life expectancy decreased…).
Best to stay stress-free, like this lesson, I think!