I’ve been thinking about an interaction I had in class last week. I’ve transcribed it roughly below. For a bit of context, the language point was going to for future plans, and the language had been presented through a listening. This was a controlled practice stage.
Here’s how things played out (well, with real student names obviously!)…
Student A : (quite slowly) What are you going to do after class?
Student B : (quite carefully) I’m going to meet my friends
Me: OK, cool. That’s fine…. *thinks*. OK, Student A – woye.gunne.doowaf.teclass?
Student A: Er…I’m going to eat
Student A: Sorry?
Student A: I don’t… understand
Me: That’s ok. What might I ask you? You said that you’re going to eat…
Student A: Maybe… where?
Student A: Oh! Where are you going to eat?
Student A: Maybe… Sizzler
Me: Nice. Good steak. (To Student B) Ask me.
Student B: What are you going to /
Student B: *laughs* woye…gunnerrr
Me: it’s OK. Try this instead: watcher
Student B: watcher
I find myself doing things like this more and more in class. I mean, if you were to pick this interaction apart, it’s not particularly good teaching to be fair. The whole interaction is staggered and unnatural, I’m modelling pronunciation with simple repetition, I’m leading the exchanges here too. But hey, I’m being honest about what happens in my class sometimes, I’m not gonna lie. (more…)