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Monday, 11 December 2017

452

My creative energy is all going into my class. I don’t have much left for me. Figuring out how to get across my ideas on acquisition, and on how to apply and present these in practical ways to rowdy adolescent males is a challenge. 

Nevertheless, it’s all to the good. The better I can clarify the principles to a less-than-perfect audience, the better I’ll be able to do that generally. Also, I’ll be in a better position to help myself too.

I’m in the second week of 3 before a fortnight’s break. And then another 4 weeks. Easy. Good fun.

Today: J2 G1 D1      

Total: J245 D126 G44 P37 F22 Sp21 Da1 A1 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

451

As always it was an interesting day—

I visited a couple of second-hand bookshops. Got a number of juicy foreign language texts. One is a phrasebook for Dutch people learning French. Two birds with one stone, in other words. I got The Never-ending Story in its original German. And there were three Mary Scott paperbacks, also translated into German. I got one, and may go back for the others if she writes well.

I also happened to listen to Krautrock in German. That’s a resource that I hadn’t previously considered. The bands were Pinguin and Electric Mud. An eclectic sampling?

Today: J2 G2 F1 D1      

Total: J243 D125 G43 P37 F22 Sp21 Da1 A1

Saturday, 9 December 2017

450

How about?—

Whenever I turn on the Kindle, I first spend 15 minutes in another language. That ‘earns’ me 15 minutes escapist reading. If I want more, then I earn more.

This resembles my system of situational exercise. This I’ll label ‘situational exposure’.

It means, of course that I’d need to make sure that I have the Kindle loaded up beforehand.

I can set up something similar with my mp3 player. With my laptop. With physical books too. Whenever I wish to read, write, walk or listen to music. It could become a way of life. The sky’s the limit!

Today: J3 F1 G1      
Total: J243 D125 G43 P37 F22 Sp21 Da1 A1


Friday, 8 December 2017

449

I bought myself a small mp3 player yesterday. It seems not to be new; on the box it says that it was returned. So we’ll see how that goes.

I completed my second Harry Bosch novel. He’s a detective based in Hollywood. As many books as there are in the Jack Reacher series. There was stuff in there about using Spanish. There was also a reference to undue acronymization. Which occurred at the last English conference that I attended.

And I’m puzzling over how to run a multi-level class. 

In these and other ways, language learning sometimes resembles real life!

Today: J2      

Total: J240 D125 G42 P37 Sp21 F21 Da1 A1