For most of my students this evening, it was the last lesson of the year and everyone was excited about the coming holiday. So I decided to have a little chat about holiday plans with my 8pm students before moving on to the loop. Since I am not doing anything special myself, I was glad to just hear about my students’ exciting holiday plans.
One-point: I want to …but I can’t because…
This was easy as we already were talking about traveling and holilday plans, they both laughed when they simutaneously said “I want to have a long long holiday but I can’t because my boss will get very angry.” Well, you’ve got to keep the boss happy!
I picked a pre-intermediate lesson for these two students. Although one of them was a red level student, I thought it was always good to visit the basics. The item section turned out satisfactory as I focused on practices and development activities after a very brief presentation of the frequency adverbs. Both students had great fun making up and aswering random questions using Frequency Cards 1 and Cards 2.
I chose Routine 12 for these two students. I noticed that both of them had done this a few times but never got around to using the questions out of context. So I told them that we were going to try the questions this time and tell a new story. They were a bit nervous, but after I gave them an example coming up with a new story by answering the 10 questions they read out from the routine book, they both looked a lot more confident. And indeed they should be, by the end of the 15-minute routine section, they girls gave me two different shopping stories!
“I am(not) looking forward to…because…” This one needed no explanation from me, the younger girl smiled and said “I am looking forward to Christmas and New Year because I can recieve many presents.” When we turned to the other girl, she sighed and said ” I am not looking forward to New Year because I have to give out a lot Otoshidama to my nephews and nieces!” Different positions in life, different perspectives. 🙂