Kitchen sink? Kitchen table? Kitchen floor? How about…. kitchen grammar?!?!
Yesterday, I taught a grammar lesson in the kitchen. I’ve taught grammar in the kitchen before, too. Why?
Because our student made the same grammar mistake a couple of times, and it was easy for me to fix “on the spot” (at that moment, without preparation). We always think that learning happens in the classroom, but that’s not the only possibility.
The wonderful thing about language learning is that any experience can be a language-learning opportunity. When you talk to your classmates at lunch, join us at the pub on a Friday evening, or make a restaurant reservation on the phone, you are also learning.
However, not everybody will correct your English when you are outside the school. Many English speakers will not correct you because they don’t want to embarrass you or don’t want to “be mean.” So, if you want your English-speaking friends to help you, you must ask them. Give them permission to correct you, and reassure them that it is helpful and appreciated.
“I am practicing ‘th’ in class right now. Can you correct me if I forget it?”
“Oh, it was hard to make that sentence. Was it right?”
“We learned past tense in school yesterday. Can you help me use it tonight?”
” [ x x x ]. ….is that sentence OK?”
It is always hard to ask your friends for feedback, but if you do it, you will have teachers around you all the time!