Ermintrude wrote:I'm guessing you got the basics from schooling, though, however slow it was.
Yeah definitely, but I feel like it's really hard to go beyond the basics via schooling, unless it's like a school in Australia or the American School in Taipei.
That's pretty understandable though. It's impossible to achieve that when you're sharing limited resources with dozens of other people.
Yeah, basically. Same for maths, your L1, art, music, everything, really. Small class sizes are the key. Input and some kind of feedback on your production, such as your internet forum interaction.
However, it's not feasible across entire populations, so we do what we can and try and spark something that make the kids want to teach themselves beyond the intermediate level. If you have x00 hours, there's a limit to what you'll do in anything. Students at my place have 9hrs x22 weeks tuition. 95% of 'em do fine. Some of 'em go from high school English to confident, articulate, accurate users. Some learn fine but don't ever become articulate.
One of my engineering girls worked her balls off because she wanted a prestigious internship working on earthquake engineering projects in Haiti. She did her interview in English and French, having learned French for six months, and having had 6 months' post school EAP classes. She made it her business to build on the work she'd done in Chinese high school because she is engaged with the world. My role? I did a class on how engineering can provide cheap fixes and save lives. I put her in touch with my bud who manages the French program. I helped her deal with the lazy fcks in careers so they helped her find the internship. And I gave her 'permission' to get the highest grades in the class despite the commonly held view in China that girls aren't good engineers because they are emotional and not good at maths. And input. But only 60 hours, in my class.
And just to be clear, I don't favour these students over others. I actually prefer, personally, working with kids who think English is boring and it's kind of a waste of time.