Teachers are from Mars, Students are from Venus 1


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That was all I said to my students that day just before they started the activity.

‘USE YOUR IMAGINATION’

What was the activity? Well, the grammar point was ‘there is there are’. I handed out the worksheets, asked them to draw their ideal room and when they finished, they were to draw their partners’ ideal rooms.

They started. As the teacher I was pretty happy as they were speaking English and using the structure correctly. While monitoring the pairs, suddenly I heard something like ‘ There are 3 girls in my room. Two girls is striping and a one girl is fanning me.’ Mistakes spotted! I wanted to give instant feedback.

ME: Listen, X. Two girls and is? What’s wrong here?

X: Oh, right. Two girls are.

Me: Yes. A one girl? And what’s wrong here?

X: A girl, or one girl. Okay teacher I get it.

ME: Good! Now keep going.

As soon as I said keep going, something finally hit me. Did he say two girls were stripping and one was fanning him?

I was so busy trying to hear the correct structure from the students that only after a couple of minutes later I realized the imagination that was going on in his ideal room..

Why did I say ‘USE YOUR IMAGINATION’ if I was not going to pay attention to it anyway? Why is it always grammar I care most but not the talents they have or their dreams and desires? Have you ever asked these questions to yourself? I’m still working on the answer🙂

Here are some pictures they draw.

PS: They are 20 years old university students.

A room with a lot of books..
A room with a lot of books..

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Nice drawing, isn't it!
Nice drawing, isn’t it!

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And that famous one :)
And that famous one🙂

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Ken Wilson says:

    I think your matter-of-fact response to the initial example is the funniest part of this.🙂

  2. I know right!🙂
    And you know what? His partner was a religious girl covering her head and everything. To my surprise, she was OK with it🙂

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