In trying to design activities for teaching people how to use English in meetings and discussions situations, coming up with something original, enjoyable and effective is not at all easy.
I’m thinking of using football as a theme in some way. It’s difficult to find an Italian who does not like the game, so you can play on this at times to get the often all male classes talking for hours. And they do all the talking – which is what they need to get their English up to scratch. The trouble is, I know nothing about the beautiful game, apart from the fact that you use a ball and that people often end up fighting over the results of various matches. It’s a bit like religon in some ways, is football. A good excuse for a bust up. Sorry, I digress.
Stop reading, start speaking
Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.
Using footy as a subject is a great way of generating interest, so I do think I will explore this football avenue. Thinking cap on.
Then there is the fact that my mind seems to grind to a halt once the temperature in Milan soars over 35°c, which means the interface between the thinking cap and my dear old grey matter gets all sweaty and all those creative impulses disappear down the waterfall that is my forehead.
Time to entertain the baby. Must go.