Tuesday, October 20, 2009
"Shit, I got a gallery in New York"
I would like to take a moment to point out some of the (I think) more hilarious artwork in one of my lesson plans, that I am still proud of somehow. This was for my second one-to-one lesson ever, during my TEFL course in August. Can you guess what the lesson was on? (The Amish). Even better, can you guess what vocabulary words I'm trying to elicit/teach from the reading based on the pictures? Probably not. I'll help you.
The top left is to demonstrate the noun "buggy". Nevermind that the horse is twice as big as the buggy. Those Amish know how to feed 'em. The next to the right is "to tolerate". No, those aren't boobs. How do you draw a stick figure crossing its arms, anyway? Bottom left with the swords, crazy eyes and psychotic hair is "to persecute". Did you get that? Last to the right is "appliances". I'm especially proud of my electric tea kettle. It may be one of the best things I've ever drawn and will forever remind me of the Hotel Pivovar, which is where all my models resided. My appliance models, that is.
Mind you, I can only draw about three things and those are: 1) trees without leaves, 2) small birds and 3) eyes with really bad pupils. Boring high school classes were really rough for this reason: I ran out of things to doodle pretty quickly.
I'm using this lesson again tomorrow, bad artwork and all because a) my first student was absolutely entranced by the Amish and had no idea they existed and b) everyone that's ever seen these pictures has had a good laugh. Takin' one for the team!
But seriously, the Amish are pretty intriguing. Ever since I heard they were all allowed a year off from being Amish to see if that's what they really wanted I've been especially interested. When I originally wrote this lesson I procrastinated for at least an hour trying to find out if this rumor is true, but the internets failed me. Oh well. That's what I get for trying to learn about the Amish from the internet. Oxymoron?
Also, looking over my TEFL lessons again in comparison to my lessons now, a mere 2 months later, is pretty funny.