Back to work!

Posted by sue on August 29th, 2007

I’m back to teaching already this week– just one class for now, but I’ll be busier starting next week. My class right now is a group of three Brazilian women who are true beginners, and this is my first experience with a group of people who really can’t speak English at all. We generally teach English entirely in English, using translation to students’ native language as little as possible, but with a beginner group a bit more translation is necessary to get them started. (Luckily, I have managed to learn a bit of Portuguese by now so I’m able to translate some basic words.)

What’s great about teaching beginners is that it forces me to get focused and do nothing extraneous. One of my particular challenges is that I sometimes talk too much in my classes. This is a problem because the goal to have the students do most of the talking–they learn when they have to do it, not when they’re listening to me. Well, I’ve quickly found that my talking is even more futile when the students can’t understand me, so after two days in this class I’ve already been trained in the use of brief instructions and basic teacher sign language!

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    Are your beginners helping your Portugese?

    What’s Len doing?

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    Hi Cathy. I’m still working on
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    2. Naval wave modeling simulation
    3. Moroccan rap video
    4. Jingleville, a new kind of computer game for the visually impaired
    5. Helping friends with stuff I know how to do (or am willing to learn)

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