The Wild Ones in Općina

Today I finished a five morning exploration of Maurice Sendak‘s ‘Where the wild things are‘ with a bunch of ten teenage English language learners .  It was a a great week for me, I only hope that they thought likewise.

As well as reading, watching and sequencing the story in its entirety, we delved into it and tried to squeeze as much out of the book as we could. We used it to teach us the differences between real and imaginary worlds. We  took from it the meanings of  ‘making mischief’ and ‘wild rumpus’.  It inspired us to explore Earthly forests and animal coverings, sea voyage and ocean life, body parts of the most savage kind, and what we ourselves would do if we were all crowned kings and queens of the Wild Things.

To finish it all off, in a most wild and ethical way, we adopted a gray wolf through the World Wildlife Fund.

Guido Corso Conversation Course 2010

This conversation course was divided into six weeks and its purpose was to prepare the students for their level five Trinity College English exams.  Each class varied from between 1.5 – 2 hours in length.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

The course went reasonably well with all the students passing their examinations. The main criticism I have for it is that the sessions were too long. If I teach a similar course in the future, I would like to restrict the sessions to one hour.