Last night's college talk was not in fact a college fair but a presentation by some people from Brown and UPenn talking about the admissions process for international students and then talking about their schools. A lot of my students were there, and I know that most of them probably didn't understand a third of what was said. The women talking spoke a million miles an hour and made references to obscure things. It was interesting and informative...but only if you could understand. I asked my first class today if any of the students that went yesterday had questions about the talk. One student asked what "literature arts" were. He misheard "liberal arts". If he didn't even get that, how was he supposed to understand the 10 minutes that the woman randomly talked about Odysseus?
Hearing them talk about applying for colleges and why their schools were the best made me homesick for Drew so much. I had such an amazing time in college and I am very jealous of all my friends that are still in school.
I'm still having a lot of trouble with Class A. Today most of them didn't have their homework done and after working for about 10 minutes on what I assigned them to do, they just started chatting in Chinese. It's so frustrating. I've been reading my TESOL books and some online ESL resources for ideas.
It seems like all of my students have some at least basic ability with pen spinning. I've included a video I found of some pen spinning in case people don't know what I'm talking about. When I first noticed it I thought it meant the students weren't paying attention but now I realize that it's just a habit like tapping your foot. In an effort to connect with my students and to show them that I'm not afraid to look like an idiot while learning (in hopes to give them more confidence to not worry about looking like idiots if they made English mistakes), I've been asking them to show me how to do it. Wish me luck.