After the explanation of how to use it, and some horrible bog standard translate/ unscramble the sentence practice we moved on to what I thought would be the highpoint of the lesson- writing their Christmas wishlists. I had imagined something along the lines of 'I want a big TV because my TV is old.' or 'I want a DS lite because I don't want to share with my brother.'
My two 14 year old boys sat there fidgeting with their pens and sighing and tapping their papers and just not starting to write. I thought maybe I had made too big a jump from the cookie cutter JHS style questions they are used to to the fully creative DIY sentence so I offered some suggestions: a tv? a bike? a trip to Disneyland?
Nope, nope and nope.
New shoes? a comic book? new skis? A trip to McDonalds?
Nope, nope, nope and nope.
You don't want anything?
Nope. Beginning to think I had misjudged society and actually I was a terribly materialistic person for even having a Christmas wish list I asked why. And their answers?
Boy 1: "I have everything I need. I don't want anything."
Boy 2: "I don't think it's right to get things for nothing. I think you should work hard, save your money and buy what you need yourself."
For real. Wow.... I was very impressed. And think I will ask these two to babysit next time I need a sitter. Would make a change from false eyelash HS girl and my two could use a dose of that work ethic I think!
And after explaining that I was impressed but it was necessary to write something for the grammar practice the stronger kid opted to write why he didn't want a tv/ ds/ new shoes (all very worthy reasons) and the other boy wrote out my Christmas wish list. Not sure what his mum will think if she checks what we did and sees 'I want an onsen holiday because I'm tired' and 'I want some Australian wool slippers because Nagano is cold."