Wendy from the Young Learners SIG list asked me some leading questions:
|Message: 3254 ||From: email@example.com ||Received: Mo Apr 25, 2005 12:59 |
|Subject: English from Zero|
>"So can you confirm that you are going into your very first
>lesson/meeting without any preconceived ideas of what you're going to
No. I've been thinking what I'm going to do for weeks. But there is no
lesson plan. No hidden agenda to teach the Present Simple.
> Is this 'real' dogme' stuff? Wing it?
Well, I know that's what people think dogme is, but dogme (to me)
means something like: being prepared to work with what comes up.
> Or are there things you want to find out?
I want to find out all that I can about S and his past and his family
and his ambitions etc. etc. but that is going to take time. And I
want to find out, of course, what he is like as a learner, what helps
and what doesn't.
> Are you showing any materials?
Not for our face-to-face session, but I want to show him how to use
the tape material I'm experimentally suggesting he uses at home.
< Will you be speaking German to him?
As little as possible. I'll repeat that. As little as possible, only
when it is totally unavoidable, and I think that will be with
>Will you negotiate what English he wants?
Yeees. I only hesitate because he tells me (and I believe him because
I know his history from my wife, who used to work with his mother)
that he really knows no English at all. He himself told me he
understood a few words from TV. (If I remember, I'll get him to say
all the words he knows, or some of them.)
>How exciting! Ohhh and is he really and truly an English from zero or
>a false starter? How
can you be sure?
It IS exciting. Strangely so. I'm relying on what S told me when I say
he's an absolute beginner, but he is that rather than a false
beginner. He's bi-lingual, but he has never learned a foreign language