Maximising STT, failure within earshot

IMG_20120217_155054While I was in Shenyang, I got to spend a lot of time in one of the local Starbucks. To paint the scene, the first thing you hit after you’ve gone through the revolving doors is the counter. You’re greeted (in Chinese of course) by the staff. I stroll up to the counter and order my usual hot chocolate, grande’ size. The shop is normally crowded but I’m usually able to find a seat. Coffee shops tend to be places where all sorts of people meet. Not uncommon that I’ve seen foreigners congregate here for whatever reasons. I’ve seen a bible club run, meetings occur (locals and foreigners alike) and of course the 1 to 1 English lesson. I have to say that this guy was talking way too much. When I took my CELTA training, the specific teaching footnote was to maximise student talk time (STT). They are afterall, there to practise their English, not to sit and hear someone preach. Having to sit in close proximity to the ‘1 to 1’ couple, was annoying. CELTA, I think, had turned me into a stern critic of English teaching. This way or nothing. To be fair, the student did look on the shy side, or heaven forbid was seeking advice, but there’s always room for improvement, on both sides of the fence.

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3 Responses

  1. Looks like Bigfoot bearing down on an unsuspecting hiker in the American Rockies! see Floyd Patterson’s 1967 super 8 film 😉

  2. I mean Roger Patterson, not Floyd the boxer. Still, even photograhed from the back looks like a Canadian ice-hockey player.

  3. You are well ahead of the curve. Before I found the reference to Roger Patterson, you’d corrected yourself. I think I can safely say that the said ‘(Floyd) Patterson/ Bigfoot’ is North American, though I tend to think he’s from Canada. :/

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