The Inimitable Miss M (yarbiedoll) wrote,
The Inimitable Miss M
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First Day Of Class

Tomorrow, I begin a new venture as an ESL tutor. I was supposed to start last week, but I returned from camp to find that my first student had decided to continue with the tutor that is tutoring her mother. (They've been sharing a tutor for several months). Okay.

Now, I have a new student... one that I think I'm really going to enjoy. She's roughly my age (two years older) and currently working on her GED (in Spanish). She completed school through the 9th grade in Nicaragua, and has been living in the U.S. for 13 years--all of them in L.A. She just moved to Winston-Salem last month. Talk about culture shock!

I've had the opportunity to review her test scores and some writing samples; I'd probably peg her as Intermediate Low level to start--Level 2, maybe. I'm very excited about working with her. I was excited about Student 1, but she was a considerably advanced student. I had agreed to take her on because she was inquisitive and self-motivated, but I know I will get a bigger kick out of seeing greater strides in my intermediate student--especially as a new tutor.

We're supposed to have a three-hour(!) session tomorrow, but as that seems really aggressive for the first day, I figure we'll knock off early. We'll get to know each other, and hopefully I will begin to get a feel for some specific things she's interested in working on during our time together. As I don't have any of the Level 2 teaching materials (and won't until tomorrow), I'm a bit at a loss as to what I'm going to do to fill up our time lesson plan-wise... I'd like to at least meet for an hour to an hour-and-a-half. Aargh. I guess that will give me plenty of time to try out my rusty Spanish. That should be a good ice-breaker, for sure!
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