Thursday, 10 June 2004

A Real Education

I just finished a test today with my most junior afternoon class. Maybe about 6 or 7 years old, about 12 of them. Very basic English - half of them can't even answer the "What is your name" question.

However, there is one question which I've never known a student, no matter how young, how stupid, how limited the English, ever not get. Show them a picture of a monkey and they immediately cry "monkey!"

So no matter what my failings as a teacher, after a year of this I am confident I will be able to leave behind well over 100 children, all of whom know how to say "monkey" in English.

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