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I Am A Teacher [Oct. 24th, 2007|01:03 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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I've had two lessons with my ESL student, two hours each. So we've spent four hours together and he is quite pleased.

I am pleased as well. So far my lessons have fit neatly into the time allotted and I never lost the interest of my student. He asks good questions and I think I do a reasonable job of explaining things to him. Plus we've been working hard on pronunciation.

So far, the topics we've covered:
  • Movies, media
  • Body Language
  • Conversation (opening gambits, interrupting, chit chat, closing out conversations)
  • Bureaucracy and office politics
  • Common Reduced Forms in American English (wanna, gonna, letcha)
  • Latin and Greek origins of words (briefly; we'll do more in-depth work on this in time)
  • Borrowed words from other languages (brief history of immigration)
  • Distortion/subjectivity (even in "objective" media)
  • Emergencies
  • American Holidays
  • Political Parties: Democrat, Republican, Liberal, Conservative, Green, Libertarian, Communist, Socialist, Constitution
  • Geography of the USA (common terms, shorthand, regions)
  • Education: Kindergarten, grammar school, middle school, high school, 2-year college, 4-year college, graduate school, technical degrees, certificates, training
Topics for next time:
  • Baseball (American terms)
  • More on word origins
  • Stereotypes: race, nationality, job, hair color, humor
  • Figuring out slang from context
  • Clothing: e.g., threads versus treads
  • Common Internet gathering places (social networking), words, phrases, quotes, and trends
  • Weather (words, phrases, as a conversational gambit)
  • Entertainment (music, movies, TV, theater)
I need to remember to bring my Merriam-Webster's next time...

[User Picture]From: metagnat
2007-10-24 09:19 am (UTC)
Wow. Sounds like you covered A LOT already. That's an impressive amount for two sessions, even two long sessions.

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[User Picture]From: rmd
2007-10-24 10:08 am (UTC)
i was going to suggest baseball metaphors. one thing i've heard from people who did not grow up in the US (or steeped in US culture) is that there are a crapload of baseball metaphors and turns of phrase in american english.

which, i mean, i didn't notice except when i saw them listed out a while back.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2007-10-24 10:37 am (UTC)


Carry on, Teach!
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[User Picture]From: miss_chance
2007-10-24 11:06 am (UTC)
Yea! What a fantastic job for you! You are one of the few people I know who can help someone understand something without ever letting them feel like they "should" have already known it. You're probably the least judgmental teacher I've ever interacted with. ESL will be a *perfect* fit for you: You like language and you won't let someone feel bad for not knowing it (which the rest of the culture is out there beating them up for). Yea You! How did this come about?
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-10-24 07:40 pm (UTC)

ESL for geeks

It strikes me that there's more than a few folks in the geek community (not me, of course!) that could use training in movies, media, body language, conversation, clothing, ... ;)

- JP

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