Teaching speed dating

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As soon as you walk into a classroom here you start to notice a few things. Part of my start-of-the-semester spiel is about how I expect them to be adults, to talk to me if there’s a problem, to be responsible for their work, to borrow a pen if they’ve forgotten one instead of just sitting there.One of the most obvious is that boys and girls sit apart. But I still find myself referring to them as ‘boys’ and ‘girls’.Pupils had previously been filling in a feedback sheet with all interviewees listed, but after a clever suggestion from one of my Upper Sixth on Monday, today pupils carried their own notebook around with them, and each person questioning them filled it in at the end of the round.They are given a tally of how many questions they were asked, as well as a comment and a score out of 10.Again, please keep their identity a secret Click on the "Continue" button search with your zip/postal code.A few weeks ago I finished my first academic year of teaching Oral English at a university in the Middle Kingdom.

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It seems to work well and students who barely say a word most of the time have surprised me, talking almost non-stop. I think that, for a lot of them, it’s as close to a date as they’ve ever been on.

I’m not sure if I’d cause offence calling the female students in a UK university ‘girls’, but one of my students seemed quite put out when I called her a woman.

It’s the kind of thing I’ve heard referred to as ‘traditional’ attitudes, usually by men who want a girlfriend that’ll clean their apartment without complaining.

They don’t mind as soon as they realise that they won’t have to work with any icky boys.

Then the ‘men’ all sit down, spread around the classroom, and the women choose their partners.

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