¿Hay alguien aquí que hable inglés?

It came up in conversation that I might like to sit in on a class while I am here, as I have nothing better to do. I chose Spanish and sat in on Friday. I learned a lot and I think it would be good for me, but it was frustrating because

a) They constructed sentences much better than I can and
b) They were interested and participating.

There is nothing more frustrating than working with students for hours and getting nothing out of them, then seeing them working well and happily in another subject. This is the lot of the English teacher, whose language is mandatory and therefore detested. In elective Spanish and German classes, the students may not pay attention or participate from time to time, but they are there because they chose to be and will at least respond when spoken to.

I envy Stefan and Andrés even more now.

srah - Sunday, 1 December 2002 - 2:20 AM
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