Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Teaching Tongue Twisters

Today I taught my second lesson. It was on tongue twisters. I had each student make a tongue twister. I then split them into teams and they said their tongue twisters three times fast. The team that completed all of their tongue twisters the fastest wins. It went pretty smoothly until I got them out of their seats. Then, everywhere I looked, they were doing something bad. Ugh. Kids. All in all, it was fun.

This camp attracts a wide variety of students. Most English camps attract a lot of wealthy kids, but this one is a little less mainstream and offers assistance. Most of the students have a pocket translator that they use throughout class. One of my students didn't and was really struggling with generating words for her tongue twister. My heart almost broke when she said, "Teacher, can you help me? I am not very smart." But, after a little guidance, she whipped out a pretty intense tongue twister. I think (I hope, I hope, I hope!) she was as proud of it as I was.

On a lighter note, all ETAs teach with another ETA. One teaches for the first 50 minutes, the other for the next. Ben, my co-ETA teacher, taught his lesson first. His was about honeymoons. He gave the kids a mad lib and had them fill in places, verbs, adjectives, etc. Well, the very last kid read his mad lib. The last sentence went like this, "My favorite part of the honeymoon was the free woman."

Ben just kind of stopped and stared. The actual teacher and I did a double take. But Ben, being Ben, said, "Okay, the free woman." After some squabbling on the students' part (and some pick-your-jaw-up-from-off-the-floor-ing on our part), the creative mad-libber realized he meant "Lady Liberty." (Statue of Liberty)

It was pretty hard to keep a straight face for a good couple of minutes. Well, that's all for now. Thanks for reading!


  1. I am LOL. I mean, for real, LOL. Like for 5 minutes now. I am feeling the endomorphin release. I will smile about this all day.

  2. Amy, After spending most of my life feeling like 'I'm not very smart," your story hit me like a rocket. Then a minute later, I was laughing. Thanks for the roller coast of emotion. Miss you but am so happy you are having great experiences. Keep 'em coming. Love Mom

  3. This is Uncle Jim, who has finally gotten around to reading this blog - in order. What a great experience this has to be. I'm jealous!

  4. Thanks for the laughs! That was great.

    When we were in Korea a few years ago, we did have a few moments of unintended translation humor. I wish I had written all of them down. They were mostly literal translation of the Korean phrases appropriate for the situation, but they sounded pretty funny.

    The only one I remember was when I took a flight from Seoul to Jeju Island. I fell asleep and missed the snack - it is a short flight but they had snack then. When I woke up, there was a note on the back of the seat in front of me, saying "ARE YOU AWAKE NOW?" It was a good-size official looking (with Korean Air logo and color, not a hand-written)sticky note saying that I can ask for the snack/beverage I missed.

  5. hey so can you teach me how to do a tounge twister right now for my english teacher...