2010年3月12日金曜日

my best student

Ever since I started going out with K people have assumed he has amazing English skills.

He does use some English at work. English like this:

Electromagnetic Shielding Evaluation Setup for Conductive O-Rings (Near-/Far-Field EM Absorption and Shielding)

But we speak Japanese together. (Something a lot of people have trouble grasping- that K could master my language to the extent we'd be ale to function as a family in it? Sure! That I could do the same in his language? Ehhhh?!)

Anyway, I have taught K English before. He has also bought every "Learn Native Level English In 2 Seconds While You Sleep!" book there is. He also listens to learn English podcasts when the mood takes him.

But still we are at the level where Japanese is our only method of real communication.

Sometimes I wonder if this looks bad to prospective students and their parents- the English teacher who can't even teach her own family English...

So, today when K had his the-economy-still-sucks RDO and he wanted to come to my English class I thought why not?

It's a class of 6-8 year olds, we do some warmup communication activities then we hit the printouts for reading and writing practice. The other kids in the class all have their mums with them and my kids always have half a mum as I am teaching the class and helping Meg with her worksheet at the same time. (Just Meg as Amy always turns her sheet over and draws...)

Anyway, I was thinking "great! now Meg will get the 100% parent help the other kids get, we have someone on hand to keep Amy's worksheet the right side up and I can concentrate on the teaching- win win win!"

Did the warm up no problem. Meg and Amy both showing off what they know for daddy....

Moved to the low tables and got out our pencils for the worksheet. I handed them out, everyone wrote their names and we started.

Not two minutes had past and I saw Amy had flipped her paper over and was drawing.

And Meg was bellyaching 'Is this right? Look at Meg's paper mummy! Show meeee!'

And K? Right in the thick of it helping out, right?

Wrong.

So wrong.

He was asleep!

I have never had anyone fall asleep in my class!

Excuse me for being a little big-headed but I think my classes are pretty fun and they're certainly lively.

Asleep!

Finished class and I asked what on earth he was doing napping in my class?

He looked sheepish, apologised and said 'I think I got so used to sleeping in English class at school that it's automatic.'

Yup, definitely my best student.



5 件のコメント:

Japan Mama さんのコメント...

Ha ha, how frustrating! But looking on the bright side...he was obviously relaxed, and maybe even did some subliminal learning.

achan さんのコメント...

So cute, don't take offence though because Japanese sleep ANYWHERE.

I was horrified at my 3 hour seminar to get my gold drivers licence to see everyone (about 150 people) heads down and sleeping while the guy was out front lecturing. I thought I was doing a great job trying to understand what the hell he was saying with my non existent Japanese :(

...and my husbands TOIEC score went down after we got married so he doesn't want to do it again!!

Love the new pic! Spring is coming!

Lulu さんのコメント...

Oh people always assume Shun must be fluent in English too- especailly after he lived in oz for the year but they are always disappointed- and I constantly get told to "teach my husband English"

Funny he fell asleep though- Shun often asks me to speak in English when he is trying to fall asleep as it "helps" him apparently. Which I guess is kind of insulting in a way..

It is nice that your husband made the effort to go to your class though!

Lulu さんのコメント...

Oh and I love the new picture at the top of your page!

Kim さんのコメント...

I once tried to teach Ryu English. He has a big vocabulary of word we don't use in the US. And our class didn't last long.

However, with the move coming up soon, I have noticed an increasing interest in the English language. Better now than never! Today was about the word "noble." Nope. Don't use that word often in the US!

And, like Lulu, I TOO LOVE the picture! Spring IS coming!!!!