Sep 8, 2006, 8:58 PM
Post #1 of 8
While I have no interest at all in teaching English, I have often thought I might enjoy hosting a conversation group for advanced students. Well, it has sort of happened.
One day a couple of weeks ago I was coming out of our neighborhood tienda when a young man rode up to me on his bicycle. He introduced himself in English and said "I want to be your friend to practice my English." I told him I would like that and that he was welcome to come knock on my door any time. (I sometimes think everybody in Lerdo knows who the fat gringo is.)
A few days later he did, and we had a fun time talking about many things and playing with my computer. He was especially fascinated with Google Earth. We zoomed in on Lerdo, his house and mine, and lots of other stuff. He likes science fiction, so I loaded him up with some Star Wars tapes. We spent almost three hours together talking and getting acquainted.
Manuel is 22, and lives on my street in the next block. He's a little shy, but very nice, and quite bright. He's built like a football player (lineman) but says his game is basketball. He's a high school graduate and has been enrolled in a private English school for the past 6 months. His teacher is a friend of mine, a Mexican guy who speaks accent-free English, and who is reputed to be a very good teacher.
Manuel came back tonight (Friday) for another session, bringing a plate of very good cookies he had made for me. I asked him why he was so interested in learning English. He wants to go to the USA to be a cowboy or an architectural draftsman. Sort of a interesting pair of choices. He used to live on a little ranch on the edge of town until the family grew larger than the ranch could support. Now that Lerdo has grown right up to their land, the family has divided it into 104 lots which they are selling.
Tonight I loaded him up with some more Star Wars DVDs, an illustrated dictionary, and Rain of Gold. He has no English reading material, so I thought Rain would be interesting to him -- a little tough, but he seems to like challenges. Next session will be Monday morning at 10:00.
I've been looking for a new adventure, and I think one has found me.