Saturday, February 11, 2012
I just came from Nyanza where I spent the weekend at the ILPD, the Institute of Legal Practice and Development. I was there for my first weekend of teaching with the English Language Training for Judges and Court Staff project.
I was different than I expected, MUCH different from teaching my regular S2 and S4 classes. There were supposed to be about a dozen students in my class but only seven showed up. Thus instead of teaching a class of over 60 teenagers, as I’m accustomed to doing, I taught seven quiet, attentive adults. I ended up finishing our three-hour lesson in just over two hours because I’d unconsciously factored in a bunch of time for disruptions. The only pauses in the lesson were for thoughtful questions from the students. It was heaven.
I’m glad my primary assignment isn’t adult ESL. I really enjoy working with teenagers and I love my secondary-school students dearly. But I can tell that this once-a-month commitment is going to be a nice change of pace.