More reading

From last week some time:

I found another survey. This one was “A short test of your psychological age,” and I just couldn’t resist using it to add to our discussion on stereotypes. The kids read it on screen and one answered (today’s student was 62). Then I printed out the questions and answers for them so they could discuss with their neighbors whether they think a given preference is typical of the elderly or the young. (Kids in the more advanced class were offering complete arguments about who is more likely to eat in a restaurant, for example, while beginners would just make a choice.) Then the kids did a bingo-style questionnaire with their classmates, and finally they got to read a couple of paragraphs in which a “person” gave all the choices, and the students had to guess the age that would result. We found out who was closest during our next class. Two classes also tried to suggest the answers that would make a person youngest. Much of the interaction looked a lot like output, but my intent was to let kids keep reading the same vocabulary and grammar structures over and over, as well as to find out what their classmates thought defined “old” and “young.”

One vocabulary phrase they wanted from me was, “it depends.”

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