We almost cancelled English Corner tonight . . . with the holiday tomorrow, and the schools (even the university) having the day off today, we weren’t sure people would want to come. Boy, am I glad we didn’t! We had half a dozen or more new participants (all but one in Canada for a week or less), plus a couple we hadn’t seen since last year. I think altogether there were 20 of us – plus a few kids who enjoyed the toys while their parents were busy practicing their English (and we were missing a couple regulars!).
The challenges of coordinating a “drop in” ESL program like English Corner is you’re never quite sure what to expect. All of a sudden we went from a group of intermediate-level and above students to a range that started at absolute beginner. Thankfully, the activity we had planned today paired people off for telephone skills practice . . . so the more advanced students could help some of lower level ones – and I just had to make sure that the pairs kept rotating through. Lots of fun! Now to find another activity that works just as well for next week . . .