Those Who Can’t Do Teach

french-teacherDon’t laugh, but I’m actually a French teacher. I have two students who come for a private lesson once a week. Am I qualified for this? Well, these girls are absolute beginners, and I definitely know more French than they do. It’s not a case of the blind leading the blind. In George Bernard Shaw’s play, Man and Superman, he writes, “He who can, does; he who cannot, teachers.” I try to use lots of videos so that the girls have the chance to hear a native French speaker. I don’t want to lead them completely astray. Teaching is 2nd best way I know to really master something. The best way is immersion. Sink or swim. Get in a situation where you have no choice by to use the skill you are trying to learn. Still, teaching French has been good for me. When I have to explain a concept to someone else, I find that I understand it better. I have a textbook to keep me focused, but I try to fill my actual classes with speaking, writing and listening activities. It’s a lot of fun for me, and the time is always up before I’m ready for it. Today for my French activity I watched a short French film on Youtube about a kid who loved to play the piano. There were both English and French subtitles, and the music was really beautiful! On a sad note, I barely missed my 10k steps today – there were still about 200 steps to go at 11:57pm. 😦

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