This is the first thing I taught my three first classes on Thursday. They needed some review with introductions. I decided to use the Portuguese spelling for my name just because that is what they are used to, and the pronunciation is pretty similar. Often when I introduce myself, people say, “Oh, that’s a Portuguese name!”
Anyway, classes started well–the students seemed interested in the new, foreign teacher. It’s hard to tell exactly what level they are at–some off them are pretty outspoken but others seem totally lost, and they all have trouble following directions when I give them in English. Of course, it has only been one day so these are just my very first, basic impressions.
I will be teaching one turma of 10th graders, meeting twice a week, and three turmas of 9th graders, meeting three times a week. I will also be teaching English and basic computer skills at the agricultural school which is also part of the mission at Estaquinha. It is a technical for 8th-10th grade students, which alternates two weeks in the classroom with two weeks in the field. I am interested to see how that works, and what my students are like.