Tuesday, July 31, 2007

ESL Training/ 7-Eleven hopping

We've been doing our ESL (English as a Second Language) Instructor training pretty much nonstop since Sunday. The training consists of us sitting in a lecture hall on the fifth floor of the Hess building, which is about three blocks from our hotel. We start every morning at 9, and we usually finish it up around 6:30.

While we're there, we sit through lectures and demonstrations about how to teach English to kids who may not know much. The last couple of days, we've been concentrating on buxiban (BOO-shee-bon) or kindergarten classes. We've been instructed on the proper way to introduce kids to the course material (vocab words, phonics, numbers, etc.) and then how to incorporate these things into fun songs and games to play with the kids to help them learn.

We have to listen and follow along in our training books, and then we are asked to demonstrate the skills ourselves. We had a practice demo today in which my group had to figure out a way to teach kids the vocabulary and simple choreography for the song "Ten in the Bed" (you know, "and the little one said, 'roll over!'") We did pretty well, so I'm confidant that our real test tomorrow morning will go well.

We've been attending these sessions all day, so it's been nice having evenings to enjoy. We've been sticking close to home, since we really don't have the time to go too far into the city. The last couple of nights, Luke, Mike (an ESL trainee from Canada) and I have gone '7-Eleven hopping'. Basically, this consists of walking from one 7-Eleven store to the next (never more than a couple blocks) and getting a beer at each one. We tried to get lost a few times, just for the hell of it, and somehow miraculously ended up running into our hotel twice before finally managing to get lost. We then took a cab home for the amazingly low price of $NT90 ($3US.)

We have Saturday off, so I plan on doing something fun Friday night and Saturday. More pics to come.

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