Sunday, October 12, 2008

Another Week: TESOL

The week of September 29th to October 5th, we focused on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The interns taught this class, teaching us how to teach English, from grammar and vocabulary to differing methods of teaching abstract ideas and the history of teaching English. During the week we had application of the things taught us, as we taught English to some employees at Lawyer Nurseries during the afternoons.

As per usual, things didn't go quit as planned. We were supposed to have seven students to teach, and trade off teaching days so OF9 taught one day and KWA taught the next. The first day we had six students, so the teaching teams were reorganized a little bit. Jordan and I taught Javier and Alfredo. They were complete beginners so we started from the basics. Tuesday, however, KWA only had two students. Thus, the teaching teams were reorganized once again. Thursday, when OF9 taught again, we had three students, so J and I taught Augustine.

TESOL week was fun, difficult, and sometimes discouraging. Maybe I should label it "character building?" Hopefully I did build some character while doing it.

Well, I'm out of time to write, so I'll tell you about the weekend and last week later on. Hope you've enjoyed this! ~A~

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