Last week was the beginning of a new term at our school, which means I was given 500 new students! Every time I meet a new class for the first time, one of my warm-up activities is to have everyone answer the question: "What do you want to do or learn about in this class?"
I find that this question helps me with assessing the English level and interests of a particular class, and helps me plan to meet their needs over the next few months as much as I can. Sometimes their answers are exactly what one would expect, other times they are a little more creative. I thought I'd share some of their written responses with you today:
"I want to improve my spoken English."
"I want to talk well with Englishmen."
"I want to be friends with my teacher."
"Learn some things about USA traditional culture."
"Can we learn Spanish?"
"Watch lots of English movies."
"I want to talk to my friends in English."
"I want to talk with my teacher about many things."
"I want to learn how to lose weight."
"I want to learn about the cultures of all the countries in the world."
"I will learn to be a good boy and study hard."
"Learn to sing English songs."
"Everything is okay."
"Play some funny games"
"I want to stay awake in this class."
"Learn how to be very slim like the teacher."
P.S. My students are awesome. They make me smile everyday. And I have no idea why they comment on my size/weight--I am, I'd guess, average-sized, if not slightly statuesque in this part of the world.