The weekend is kicking off well: tonight I had a lovely evening in a small bar in Shibuya, 7ef, listening to live jazz and bossa nova..... so good. Such a nice way to start the weekend...
after a long week that included two more bloody summer schools (that's four done and I've just been given another seven for the next few weeks. Joy.) and a trek out to cover at a company where all the men had one uniform and all the women had another uniform. Really. Pretty strange BUT not as strange as one of the men I taught:
I'd been told by the regular teacher that the second class (a 90 minute class of intermediate/upper-intermediate students) normally discussed an article of some sort. So, a quick check of http://www.breakingnewsenglish.com gave me my evenings lesson: a discussion on playstations being banned from British prisons.
It was a gamble taking a subject like that to students I didn't know, but it was cool and they got really into it. And I mean REALLY into it. The highlight (lowlight?) was one student, who was maybe 15-20 years younger than the other two students who declared they (convicted criminals) absolutely should NOT have playstations. They should be brainwashed and, if that didn't work, they should be hanged.
Teaching life is certainly never dull!