July 18, 2004

Teacher were God Job!

Badaunt at lexical symbolic constructions gives some cute quotes from her Japanese students' course feedback questionnaires:

I was very fun.
This class is much of laugh. This thing is very happy thing.
Teacher were God Job!
Let will be fine.

She discusses two students in particular, who wrote

I could learn that English is joyful. I love this course and I love you.


Are you marry? I want you. I need you. I want to meet you everyday.

and says about them

These are both students I have given As. They deserved it. They worked hard. But they didn't start out that way. It just sort of... happened, in the third or fourth week. Something clicked and they really got into their study of spoken English, and made a lot of progress, especially considering that we only had about 13 weeks, one class a week. And because they'd never enjoyed English before (they both said that, on the survey) they think it's me. But all I did was arrange these big classes into pairs or groups and tell them to talk to each other. They did the rest themselves.

They think they have fallen in love with their teacher, when in fact they have fallen in love with learning.

In this case, as her other student put it, it seems that the teacher really did a "God job".

[Update: in a later post referencing this one, badaunt discusses her blogonym, her interesting reasons for preferring anonymity -- which in any case requires no justification, in my opinion -- and her initial confusion and panic over the "flurry of visitors" that my two posts sent to read her blog, for which I apologize.]


Posted by Mark Liberman at July 18, 2004 02:59 PM