Friday, April 21, 2006


Shania is feeling brave Posted by Picasa

2 comments:

  1. "its alive!" . . . .but what is it?

    looks like yall had a lot of fun!! :)

    Just curious, when you hang out with your English students do you use English or Chinese or sometimes both?

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  2. It depends on the students, but I'd say with these girls it was maybe 65% English 45% Chinese. Actually they didn't know I could really speak Chinese before that day, so I think they were kind of testing out how much I could speak/understand. I try not to use it at all in class except when it can work to my advantage as a shock factor, like telling them in Chinese that they're not allowed to speak Chinese haha.
    I've observed that if students know I can speak Chinese, they have more confidence in speaking English with me. Now this doesn't really make sense to me, but I think it kind of gives them the security to experiment with the language, knowing that if I don't understand something, they can switch into Chinese

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