First lessons at ESOL level 3 disappointed us, probably because we expected to learn something, not to be verified in relation to the knowledge we already have. We started the lesson by trying to find out which of our colleagues drank coffee in the morning, who came to school by bus, who slept until late… We were then divided into groups and we took the colleague a kind of mini-interview to find out what his name is, where he is from, if he has children…
We then listened to a short phone call and we were asked to answer some questions about what we had heard. Very few were those who understood something. Later, after the model on the form received, we were asked to write a short text about ourselves – who we are, where we come from, where we work, how old we are. We felt like we were six and went to school for the first time.
The second lesson seemed to be more advanced, but still not enough to give us the feeling that we were learning something. The teacher showed us pictures of cartoon characters with the Simpson family, which, for example, I didn’t know. There was talk about the kinship relations between different members of the family – sister, brother, mother, father, grandfather, grandmother, uncle, aunt. We then discussed the jobs. We listened to a song from which we had to recognize some jobs: Shania Twain – She’s not just a pretty face. Boring.
During this time, a friend of ours who went to another school, beginner level, learned about the comparative degrees of the adjectives and he formed sentences using comparatives and superlatives. He has learned various grammar rules that many of those who are level 3 do not know. The homework he received is heavier and more interesting than the ones we received, the level 3 ones.
For this reason, we decided to continue the lessons with each other, along with the friend who is at beginner level. On the first day we confronted what he learned with what we learned, then we developed these lessons by forming sentences and trying to talk to each other only in English. Each of us has learned from the others something – grammatical rules, words, expressions. The next day we decided to translate a song from English into Romanian. We learned many new words and had fun at the same time. We will continue with these private lessons whenever we are off from work. We will continue to go to school, ESOL level 3 (English to Speakers of Other Languages), of course, and we hope to start learning something interesting and useful.
All of Me, John Legend
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
Got my head spinning, no kidding, I can’t pin you down
What’s going on in that beautiful mind
I’m on your magical mystery ride
And I’m so dizzy, don’t know what hit me, but I’ll be alright
But I’m breathing fine
You’re crazy and I’m out of my mind
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I’ll give my all to you
You’re my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I’m winning
‘Cause I give you all, all of me
And you give me all, all of you
Even when you’re crying you’re beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I’m around through every move