I will come to class on time, with my materials, prepared to learn.I ask them several times in the first couple of months exactly what materials that is talking about. They know it refers to a) notebook, to write things in; b) pen or pencil, to write things with; and c) brain, to know what to write. (While the class is Conversation, writing things out first gives them greater confidence in their generated language, especially early on.)
Despite all this, many classes have about 1/3 of students show up with no notebook. What's up with that? Well, anyway, this post is not going to complain, it's going to celebrate those who do bring their notebooks, particularly that genre of notebook with sappy or nonsensical English printed on them. To wit:
|"Take you wonder by wonder; Open up your heart and greet the world as it is. We can always find joy and love wherever our eyes rest."|
|The small print makes up for the macro gibberish, being quite profound in its odd way: "We all have our own ability. The difference is how we use it. If it's your limit, you can't exceed it; if you exceed it, it's not your limit."|
|Remember, a high school boy picked this out.|
|"A champion is someone who has won the first prize in a competition, contest, or fight." Fair enough.|
I introduced the activity with a Kim Yun-a Samsung Haptic commerical, seen at YouTube; Yun-a is Korea's figure skating champion, and a national heroine. The point of the ad that I try to bring out is that she is not only a skater--she writes, she sings, washes her dog, and rolls around in her bed. We all have many abilities, or kinds of "intelligence", etc, etc ...
Part 2 of the lesson is some light-on-the-English fun sparked by this Korean cell phone commercial (thanks, Nck!):
Thinking about their responses on the inventory, they are to create their own ideal smart phone with the features that they want most to have. I give them a hand-out with a sort of blank cell phone on it, and they invent new apps and create icons for them, and provide English labels. Of course, they're supposed to chat with each other in English during this process. Here are a few results from classes so far:
|Finding a person I want to meet, doing exams instead of me|
|"19" refers to restricted movies, a common meme, there's also a hotpack and a fan|
|Instead of an Apple product, this guy likes Grapes|
|I like the "sleep well" app (and its sheep icon), and the secrets box|
"Yes," he said, with what I think he imagined was a rakish grin. "They can lov-uh me, but I can heartbreak."