As I sit here typing my body is still steaming from spending the day chasing kids and laundry. One day of laundry a week is great on all the days I do not have to do it. Today, I was not feeling it. Luckily, it was hot and my one dozen loads dried quickly. I do have two still hanging in the washroom, but they will be done in the morning.
On Wednesday I have a neighbor girl coming over for free English lessons. I figured it is a good way for me to get experience teaching English to a foreigner and she gets free lessons. She is so pumped about it! Every day she tells me that she can’t wait until Wednesday. I’ve been teaching her while sitting outside together with my kids for about a month now. She is always asking me questions about the English language and America. About a week ago, I offered to give her real lessons since she is so interested to know and understand more.
I will be mean and start right off speaking only in English during our lessons. She is a really bright girl. I can’t see where speaking in French will help her anymore than it helped me when others spoke with me in English. Of course, if it is something important I will switch back to French. For the simple lessons I will keep to English.
If someone has experience teaching English to a girl about nine and has suggestions I am more than happy to listen to them. I have been going through my teacher books as well as surfing the Internet. The first day with her I will try to figure out her learning style(s) and interests. I believe individualised learning is best. So, I will try to tailor her lessons to her as much as possible.
I think I am as excited as she is to begin.
I really miss teaching.