ET: I was invited to (A) but (B).
Today’s English Lesson started very well. I walked my student into the classroom and offered him a chair along with a drink. Once we got seated I asked my student what he did over the weekend and he replied busy, he explained that he was very busy running the day to day business of his company and last month was the peak of his trade. I asked my student if he remembered last weeks one point and give it a try, he spoke wonderfully; ‘I was invited to my friends house but I couldn’t go because I was working’.
Item: Phrasal Cards (026-030).
First, we went through the Phrasal cards matching the English to their Japanese counterparts. Second I separated the cards, putting the Japanese aside, and asked my student to try and use the English cards in a sentence. He struggled a bit so I gave him a small example, ‘Fond of’: I’m really fond of my dog. He was able to understand my example and together we went through each Phrasal card one at time. Next I asked my student to try and make a question with each of the cards. At first he found it a bit difficult, so I gave another example, Going to: ‘Are you going to pay for that cup of tea?’ We went through the cards again creating questions, and this was a very enjoyable exercise for both me and my student. Last I asked my student to use all the Phrasal Cards to create a story. This was very difficult. So, again I gave another example and with my help my student could create a fantastic story; Today I will carry out a plan to tear down my dog house, which my dog is very fond of. But first I must go to the bank and pay for an outstanding loan that I have before I be bound to get a fine. This example was great and I couldn’t have said it better myself, great work!
Routine: Lets Talk – What ticks you off?
For today’s Routine I asked a few questions from our lets talk routine selection (what ticks you off?) I started by writing up on the board a level indicator, one through to five; one: not a problem, two: a little annoying, three: troubling, four: becoming angry, five: angry and six: very angry, furious. We both went through the questions and I also asked my student to give reasons to why he selected a specific numbers to his answers.
One Point: (Tomorrow), I may (A) or maybe I’ll (B).
It was that time to finish off with this weeks One Point. I asked my student if he had checked the soapbox and already had a practice at home. He did and gave a simple but good answer; ‘Next Sunday, I may go fishing or maybe I’ll stay home and watch a dvd’. This brought an end to our lesson. I wiped the board and allowed my student to pack away, but before I could say my goodbyes he surprised me with two tickets to next weeks Hunshin tigers baseball game. I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it, I’m really was grateful to my student and we had a great laugh as he left.
Smith’s School of English Kyobashi Corner