About my teaching

The idea is that you can reactivate your English, enjoy doing it and if you’re lucky you’ll learn some more as you go along. The meetings are fun and relaxed. There is no pressure and nobody ever thinks about things like certificates. We’re here to keep our brains supple and if we keep going may be we’ll also make a trip to England, ideally to meet other over-sixties. (I have one plan which would take us to York to meet the people from YOPA – York Older People’s Assembly: http://www.yorkassembly.org.uk. See also: http://www.oldercitizensadvocacyyork.co.uk. ) As we grow we’ll become more of a thinktank for over-sixties where we discuss “God and China“ as Harold Pinter said, and hopefully all benefit from each other.

It is not easy to find rooms permanently for a caper like this which some don’t seem to take seriously but I have now landed happily for the moment in a library and a church. . Each offer generous  hospitality and receive a donation for me for this.

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I myself am interested in current affairs and am pleased when others are, too. That is why I am planning to offer various articles which can be downloaded and read at home “just for fun” such as this article about the globalisation fo work from the BBC

I am also keen to provoke students’ creativity. When asked to write a mini saga of exactly 50 words Sigrid wrote the following:

I wanted to brush up my English but I could not find the right brush. Finally I met Alison who told me that she was giving English lessons for people of 60+. Now that I am here I am learning much about the difficulties of English conversation for German-speaking people.