Normally I would have a whole bunch of quotes to show you from the learners diaries, but it seems that for a whole bunch of reasons, exams, low attendance due to strikes and football matches and my own personal failure to keep on top of things, the diaries have taken a back seat and the pickings are slim.
Despite this, I wanted to share with you an extract from one of my favourite students, who has always maintained his diary and comes to class full of enthusiasm. ( the extract has not been altered)
“We are used to talking about a several issues. If I remember correctly we had to talk about an interesting thing: couch surfing. Couch surfing is a website where we can travel to other countries and meeting people. If you have money, or not, it is not important because the most important thing of couch surfing is to make many friends and travel from one place to another place.
In my opinion, these was a good class because we could share our opinions about couch surfing and a partner talked his experience with us. When I heard his experience my mind was opened because I usually complain about the place where I go and when I heard him, I realised that the most important is enjoy wherever you are.
A couple weeks later Adam had to go to a conference, and a new teacher had to substitute him for one week. When Adam come back we start to talk about the general strike on Thursday. People goes to the strike waiting for changes, in favour of the working society.
If I had to propose a topic, I would like to talk about the customs in different parts of the world and bringing to class a short texts where we have to search for the country’s where the custom belongs. We can prepare, each of us, a country and to create some/any activity and explain it in class, too.
Another activity would be to choose one of this topic: abortion, euthanasia, love, history… And we can do a round table and comments on it.
I will think of some special activity for me and work on it. Maybe, after Easter week I can dedicate myself to prepare a couples of activities.”