Compilation of recent quotes from my students:
In a lesson on using “verb + to + infinitive,” I began with an exercise on ambitions. I shared three of my ambitions, and then asked my students to share three of their own. My one student said, “I want to become Prime Minister. I want to revive Ottoman Empire. I want to kill Europe.”
In another class while doing activities related to the same grammar lesson, my students had to ask each other questions using “Would you like to … ?” They had a list of somewhat strange “ambitions” to choose from in forming their questions (our book is really kind of strange sometimes). One student asked his partner, “Would you like to dance like Shakira?” His partner responded, “No. I want to dance Oppa Gangnam Style.” Another student asked his partner the same question, “Would you like to dance like Shakira?” His partner said, “No. I want Shakira.”
When I returned to class after the 10-minute break, I found my students practicing this grammar lesson on the board. Someone had written: “I want to Jennifer.” I said, well… my name isn’t a verb. And for some reason, this student felt it was appropriate to come up and add: “I want to Jennifer everytime.” I have no idea what that means.
Today, I pulled questions from a speaking exercise in our textbook. One of the questions was, “What is something you hope to do before the end of the year?” Responses included: “I hope to learn English.” ”I hope to visit my birthplace, Sivas.” “I hope to buy a new phone.” And… “I hope to go to heaven.” Not sure how to feel about that last one.
Another question in the same lesson was, “What did you want to be when you were little?” My favorite response was, “I wanted to be a man.” I mean, I guess he’s doing a good job.
Then I played 2 truths and a lie, but I made it 3 truths and a lie. I demonstrated first, and I think they were really surprised by some of the things that were true about me. They were surprisingly creative with their own 3 truths and a lie. And for a lot of them, I couldn’t really guess which was the lie. I have one student who is kind of quieter, but very nice, smart, and motivated. I was really surprised though when he shared his 3 truths and a lie: “I have a military [ID] card. I have many foreign girlfriends. I have climbed a mountain. I can drive.” I thought the second one was his lie, but looks like I was wrong.