Today there were 21 students.
For a warm-up, I gave out piles of four scrambled sentences. Students worked on making four proper can / have to sentences out of them in groups of 3 or 4. It was part grammar, part riddle: even if they created two grammatically perfect sentences, they might have to switch words in and out of them to be able to make all four correct sentences simultaneously. And the thing is… they did it! It was really challenging, but they were ready and willing and they did it. I was really happy with their work, and I hope they could tell!
We then did some work with personal calendars. I showed them the three-day view of my Google Calendar on the screen and we did some calendar reading comprehension. I then had them write lists of what’s on their schedules today, tomorrow, and Saturday. Next, they drew and filled in their own calendar grids modeled after mine on the board.
That’s when our fluency activity kicked in. Everybody had to have a minimum of five conversations with other students based on their real life calendars. It was more or less to this effect:
A. Can you go ice skating tomorrow at 3?
B. Sorry, I can’t. I have to cook dinner for my family.
A. How about at 1?
B. Sure! That sounds good.
I was pleased that they were grammatically ready enough and that we worked with their real lives. I asked them how it felt to use this language, comfortable, so-so, or uncomfortable. Nobody said they were uncomfortable, and they seemed in good spirits.
Now we’re about to work on the most recent post from the homework blog together – my very first homemade audio post!