600 meters south of the old fig tree...
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September 1st, 2009 – by: lindsaypo
María Joaquina is my lovely hostmom. I've spent the most time with her and her 20-year-old daughter Maricruz, who are both great.
The house is adorable. Shannon, Aaron (an American guy who is doing a volunteer program) and I have our own wing of the house, which we have to walk through a little courtyard to get to. I'm sitting in the courtyard now because it is a beautiful night and the moon is out. The addresses here are crazy; everything is in relation to something else. For example, our address is very literally "600 meters south of the old fig tree, San Pedro, Costa Rica" and whatever fig tree is being referenced is no longer in existence. Silly. But I have my own room (and wireless internet) and a shared bathroom with a shower that is sometimes hot, and most importantly, yummy food. Life is good (pura vida!).
Class is pretty interesting. There are some concepts about teaching english in an immersion setting that are very different from normal teaching strategies in my language classes in the states. This afternoon, we had our first observation session and got to see how it all works. They teach us that we are supposed to "elicit everything and give them nothing," meaning that we are supposed to talk very little, but use pictures, demonstrations and context to pull the word we are trying to teach out of them. In the class I observed, the teacher spoke very little; she said just enough to get the students (whose English level was very low) to say the word she was looking for. We are giving our first mini-lesson on Friday, so that should be interesting.
Okay, dinner's almost ready. Adiós amores!
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