ET: After we’d done a bit of catching up from the lounge to the classroom, I asked the student if she remembered her previous one point. And of course she did because she’d been practicing it on the train this morning. Her example was quite interesting actually. “When I was young, I could never go out after dark but now I stay out until midnight because I no longer believe that ghosts become visible at that hour.”
ROUTINE: We practiced the question part of Routine 6, focusing in on some new vocabulary and expressions that came up.
ITEM: This is where the biggest chunk of the lesson was spent. I introduced the vocabulary list to her from unit 11, seeing as how she is keen on learning new words. Most of the vocab was new to her so I made sure she understood all of them and their meanings before moving on. She especially enjoys having some interactive conversation during the lesson so I made sure that I participated and donated stories of my own that required the use of the new vocab.
We got to the word ‘unconscious’ and she found it very useful to go over the appropriate ways of using the word. A common mistake that most students seem to make is to say, “get unconscious.” I explained in detail why this is incorrect and how one actually loses consciousness. Therefore, it is correct to say, “I lost consciousness.” Or, using the word in question, “I was unconscious for a few seconds,” as she had been trying to say from the beginning.
After that, we had a lot of fun by not only using the word ‘phobia’, but by also thinking up some common phobias. Claustrophobia and arachnophobia gave way for some deeper analysis of what causes phobias and how people react to them.
ONE POINT: I think (A) is stingy/generous. For example, when (B). She wasn’t sure about the meaning of the word ‘stingy’ so I explained it to her and gave an example. She quickly made up an example of her own. “I think my husband is generous. For example, when he lets me choose whatever I want for my birthday.” We wrapped up the lesson chatting about birthdays and great presents.