The new language classes for the summer semester have started. I am teaching two courses, Beginners with 14 students and Upper Beginners with 11 students.
Week 1 class is always fun! We meet new people who might share the same interests and learn the greeting expressions. I also showed an introduction to verb conjugations for the upper beginners who will focus on grammar and literacy.
I also need to reflect on the outcomes of my previous students’ experiences. Last semester, I thought that conversation-based classes might be too easy for students and they might get bored with them. But I eventually found that without enough grammar information, it was tough for them to reconstruct the target phrases in different contexts during the conversational activities, although they could say natural expressions in a particular context. Grammar information is essential for adult learners.