|Really enjoyed your account of first lesson with no books, no writing -
only a bee.
Reminds me of a friend in Italy who did years of freelance work
teaching this way - dogme? - no materials, just talk - don't know about
the bee bit.
He travelled round the region he lived in teaching mostly in-company
and at the students' homes and became so successful (I define success
here as: students liked this way of learning; they felt they learnt a lot
and that their progress was smooth and almost effortless) that people
were leaving private language schools in (small) droves to learn with
When asked what the secret of his success was, he said 'I don't teach
them anything!' - self-effacing, but maybe a lot of dogme truth there.