English Club, 6 – 8th graders.
Me: Okay, we’re going to play a game. I write “game” on the board. What does game mean?
Adorable 7th grade boy: GAME OVER!
Me: Aha! Yes! “Game Over.” What does that mean?
Everybody: Fin del juego! Juego! Juego!
Me. Yeah. Now, this game is called “four corners” Four…
Adorable 7th grade boy: Corner Kick!
Me: Yes! “Corner Kick!” So “corner” is…..
Everybody: Esquina! Esquina!
English is everywhere here. People play “beisbol” and “volibol,” we drink “sun tea” (pronounced soontee).
(teacher, what is “sol” in English? Sun. Sun, like suntea? Yes.)
Sometimes I don’t know if people realize that a lot of the things in their surroundings are in English. If I can just get them to look around and make connections, my job is a lot easier.