Sunday, September 23, 2007

They are playing charades

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What beautiful children

These two brothers love to learn informally. This week they surprised me with their vocabulary. Here they were practicing saying 'elbow' ready to sing, "heads and shoulders, knees and toes'.

English Classes are in full swing

We are even starting to learn some names. This past week went by quickly so I thing we are getting into the swing of the routine. The church has given us a small room to store our resources and so we are not having to carry some much home. We will try to do most of the preparation at the church and use their photocopier more.

Providing snack food and drinks has proved popular. We have experimented with Bible Time before class and after class and have decided before class is best with coffee time afterwards.

Several of the ladies have asked for an additional class of free conversation. That is no books or set material just talking about interesting things using their English. Warren has enjoyed this. We have a 1 hour class on Wed and Fri from 11.30 - 12.30 after normal English time.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Pre-schooler and under

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Lessons have begun in earnest

These ladies have just finished their first beginner lesson. They are still smiling. They are bright and keen to learn. At the same time in the next room Warren was teaching 4 step up level ladies. A vary faithful and kind lady from the church takes care of keeping records and minding children or talking to mums or grandmothers during the class time. All of this helps to have smooth running classes.

So, our first week of lessons has ended. We have learnt a lot about the abilities of our students. There has been good attendance. I think we are in the 60+ numbers now. Our biggest classes are the adult ones.

This week we are going to introduce tea and coffee time after the English lesson and before the Bible time. We trust this will be a sweetener and provide good conversation.

Several ladies have asked for extra English lessons with just conversation on an informal level. Warren has volunteered to do this. He is using newspaper articles, cartoons expecially 'peanuts' to stimulate conversation.