This 2pm student is a Pink student. Most of the time, I like working with pink students because they have a lot of potentials, and it is nice to see their happy faces when you teach them something new. But this one is a bit of an exception. He is shy, gets nervous very easily, and is definitely not good with words. In fact, I haven’t seen him talking to any of the other students in Japanese either!
ET From the Smith’s School of English One Point Series
Anyway, I invited him to the classroom and started our lesson with greetings. As usual, he said he was very tired… I remembered he had mentioned the week before that he had to go on a business trip, so I asked if it was because of the business trip. He was a bit surprised that I remembered, but nodded with a smile. I pointed at the one-point from last lesson, “I haven’t___for ages because___”. He opened his notebook and read “I haven’t played with my daughter for ages because I had to go on many business trips.” When I commented that he must hate his boss, he just laughed.
Item post-intermediate hotels 1 -Smith’s School of English Item Series
You might question why I picked a post-intermediate lesson for a pink student. That’s because this particular student performs a lot better when he has something written down to work with, plus hotels1 is basically a drill plan, and once the sentence patterns are introduced, it’s just a lot of dialogue practice with little change. Yes, so I followed the lesson plan, wrote down the basic hotel services and the sentence patterns used to request the services. After I made sure that he took the notes and understood the meaning of all the sentences, I pulled out the exercise book and showed him the hotel 1 dialogues. We went though the models once, and started practicing with information cards. We managed to finish 5 dialogues of asking for a wake-up call, room service and housekeeping before we had to move to the routine section.
Routine 5 – Smith’s School of English Routine Series
He didn’t seem to remember the Japan sea story when I asked. So I had a look at the lesson report and told him to go back in his notebook to April 12, which he did and found the L layout in it. So I decided to skip writing it down on the board and go straight to reading out the story for him. However, he had trouble understanding the story even with the help of his own notes.—his listening ability is very very low… so I asked him to repeat after me, and read the story together. After repeating it twice, he finally seemed to have understood what was going on. I then moved on to ask the 10 questions and with some occasional help with the prepositions and articles, he managed to get all the answers right!
One-point B34 – Smith’s School of English One Point Series
It is a very simple one-point without any new words. I gave him an example, and he came up with the following, “for me, spending time with my daughter is enjoyable because she is so cute.” Yes, the guy loves his baby girl, sweet!