"You guys gotta be... ambastards."

I think that as an assistante, I took more seriously my role as a cultural ambassador than my role as an English language instructor. One of my favorite lessons of the year was the one on Martin Luther King, Jr., where the students watched a video on MLK, and then were supposed to talk in English about their reactions. Sometimes they ended up speaking French instead, but had a good discussion.

I should have made them speak English, but I was happy to be able to share American culture with them and cared more about comprehension than English. I think I would have been happier if I'd either

a) never spoken a word of French and pretended that although I've studied it for half my life, I don't speak a word, or
b) spent the whole year talking to them about American culture in French.

Unfortunately, I tried to do both, and ended up speaking more French than I should, but also explaining difficult foreign concepts like the tradition of Thanksgiving in English.

srah - Monday, 16 June 2003 - 12:21 PM

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