Ever have one of those days where it just feels off?
This one kind of did.
We were working with Susan Palmer on describing people and things. We walked tall and short. We walked big and little. We described our height and our eyes (which, other than mine and Susan’s, are all brown. That’s usually why we don’t talk about eye color much, because they all think they have black eyes, and then we have to explain that black eyes to English speakers means when you get hit in the face. Hard.).
We talked about clothes and colors and played color tag again. But it was stuff that I really had gone over and over with them before. Nothing new. And we could all feel it. One of my students feigned illness. Hadn’t had anything to eat. Refused to go to the nurse to get crackers. I have a headache, yet I want to sit in this corner and listen to music blasted into my ears because really what you are doing is just no fun.
So in continuing the descriptions vein, we decided to focus on food. Talking about food is a pretty essential part of life. So we showed a diagram of the tongue and the taste regions and then tasted such things as:
- lemon juice
- lime juice
- bread and jam
- sriracha peanut butter with maple
- Thai peppers
- potato chips
And my student with a headache suddenly was able to participate when the chips came around.
We peppered them with questions: Do you like salty food? Do you like sweet food?
It was interesting seeing what drove them. And what didn’t.
But I think we are all itching for that last week of classes to come and go.