I think the more upbeat and energetic we are with our lessons, the more students will respond. This week was a very upbeat week for me and my students responded with some really creative English usage. Here are some samples of things my students came up with:
[Teacher] Mr. A, what did you do last weekend?
[Mr. A] I went to Maibara City.
[Teacher] Why did you go to Maibara City?
[Mr. A] I went to Maibara buy “Moriyama Melons” for my mother.
Mr. A obviously has a knack for aliteration! Here’s another super student slip of the tongue:
[Mr. B] It’s very hot and …. and …. human today. (pause) Mushi-atsui wa “human”?
[Teacher] Close…. h u _ _ _ (written on the board)
[Mr. B] Sore wa (mumbled)….. HUMID! (shouted very loudly and happily).
[Mr. B] Please…. Turn on the air con.
Mr. B was having fun and it showed. Lovely rhyme and rhythm from a mid-level student, and also a great weather report. In her homework today, another student had this gem using some recently studied idioms:
[Mrs. C] ” ‘Karoushi’ is often caused by working oneself into the ground.”
“Empathy between strangers occurs when people are in the same boat”
“I need to study hard for TOEIC so I don’t bomb it”
Obviously Mrs. C has a great grasp of these idioms and also a strong active vocabulary!
I had such fun with my students this week and it refreshed my love for teaching. Students DO say the darndest things, and this week mine were especially on the ball.
Writing from Super Sunny Southern Shiga,
Edward, SSE Ohtsu