[quote=“WSIbasher”]I find that students don’t have enough imagination to discuss general topics until they get into the swing of things. You have to start with something more specific and hope that a ‘conversation’ grows out of it.
For instance, should children start learning a foreign language as soon as they start going to school? You might have to prompt initially by asking for (or offering) one word ‘issues’ related to the topic, such as cost, workload, learning ability, etc. Then you build up to the why of it. What are you trying to achieve by making your kids learn a foreign language.
I did this just a few days ago very successfully. Once conversation was flowing in the groups I started writing new related topics on the board every ten minutes. Eventually the different discussions went off at tangents, or focused on one specific area of interest. You want conversation? You got it in spades.
I’m not going to write any more, and no one else should either, because WSI make far too much money as it is and they’re not paying you enough to be developing their syllabus for them.[/quote]
Too late, your 1 idea was so enlightening that I am now able to devise a killer syllabus to put us over the top. Now you will have no choice but to teach at WSI as everyone who wants to learn English will be knocking down our doors. We will soon become the only game in town. We’ve done it, thanks to you SB. Well done!
As an aside, I have never encountered anyone so concerned about my paycheck as you. Even my ex-wife, who left me because the size of my erm, paycheck, wasn’t satisfying enough, wasn’t as concerned as you are. SB, where were you in my acting daze…you could have been my agent. I would have been getting a week of triple scale for simply showing up at a cattle call.
Mod Lang, some good yuks (not really, they are all recycled material), but I am interested in serious topics here. Thanks for the effort, please try again. You do get $1G for PC games.
twocs, nine solid ideas…$9G for you…thx…
AC…WOW…lump sum payment or doled out a little each month for the rest of you life? I know, how about I start posting under your handle…then all my future $G earnings become yours, yours, YOURS.
Ax,…No! But thanks for the offer.
And, unbeknownst to all of you (until now), I got a PM from one of our more illustrious 'umosans that has made my life so much easier. Thank you mystery person. And I’m sorry that Jame was so nasty to you.