Yesterday, I had a Christmas party with my students who are in university and my students who can speak enough English without much difficulty. It would have been great if everyone was there, but it was a party so I didn’t want it to be difficult for me or the students to communicate. Basically, it was a party that gave my students, who can speak English well enough, a chance to practice speaking English in another situation.
Planning the party took some time because I had to think of games that wouldn’t be so difficult to understand and that would also give students chance to communicate without making it seem like a lesson. It was also difficult to pick a present for the gift exchange because of the gap in age between me and all of them. 😆
I was also worried about the food because I didn’t what food would be okay, and about whether the shier and quieter students were going to have a hard time interacting with others. There were so many things I was worried about!
In the end, thankfully, everything worked out. I had so much fun that I completely forgot to take pictures even when I planned to take one! 😐😐😐 I want to say that the students had fun, too. They participated willingly in the games and they all did their best, and they talked without hesitation when I told them to talk to each other and get to know each other.
I have known for a long time that my students are AMAZING, but I was so proud yesterday while I was watching everybody talking with everybody else except me. I felt like, at that moment, they were simply communicating with others, which is all I want them to be able to do.