The two students that I had last night were very eager to get the lesson started. Given the fact that they were best friends, getting them to communicate with one another was a piece of cake.
ET- Both students were ready to go with the review of their one point. The first one said, “I’m sick of riding the rush hour train because it’s crowded.” Her friend nodded in agreement with the example and then gave one of her own, which was a bit on the personal side but fit perfectly with the sentence structure.
ROUTINE – We reviewed the questions to Routine 7 the Restaurant. This was a problematic area for them since they were not very strong with answering questions. So I went over the questions in great details, explaining the meaning and expected answers for them. In the end, both ladies were very happy and relaxed having understood this routine on a deeper level than before.
ITEM – Both students were lacking in vocabulary so I chose Intermediate – adjectives 2 for their item. This was their first time seeing this lesson so the first few minutes they had fun going through the vocab and asking questions about particular words that they weren’t sure of. After we played a few games where one person has to describe a face from a set and the others must guess the character being described. They did wonderfully in this section and had a lot of fun at the same time because they know each other so well.
ONE POINT – I told the students that I had just seen a 3-headed dragon lurking outside of Smith’s. They began to look around, searching for the make-belief creature. Finally, the second lady said, “Usou!” I said that her response was correct and then went on to introduce the phrase, “I cannot believe it!” After I translated it into Japanese for them, they laughed and repeated it. I tried another example on them, allowing them to use the new one point freely before wrapping up the lesson.