Last night I tried out my new routine on two red students. I had written this routine back in May after returning from my trip to Hawaii where I visited my son and his family. I tried this one time before and discovered it was too long and difficult for most students to complete. I then revised and shortened it to its current version. I was careful to use some expressions that students have learned before via the other routines.
It worked like a charm! The students were able to present the routine with nearly no mistakes after a few times reviewing it and could answer and ask the ten questions well too!
Basically it explains that I visited Honolulu where I had been a university student 30 years ago and was surprised to see that places such as the university and my old apartments had not changed very much. It explained the jobs I had as a student and the biggest change I witnessed during my visit: A sleek new College of Architecture building with a central courtyard in replacement of the termite-infested wooden buildings that housed the architecture school when I was a student.
I think that the students enjoyed practicing the routine and it did introduce some new vocabulary for them to practice. I am fairly proud of the results I am getting from this routine and I hope to create more routines and propose those to Smith’s head office for adoption into the curriculum.
The fun continues at Smith’s School of English in Okamoto! (Al Bartle)