Thursday, February 18, 2010

Ready Steady Cook!

At school we have an ESS club, the idea is that we get together twice a week and students can practice their English, spending time with a 'native English speaker' (me). It's a simple, straight forward idea without many things that could go wrong. The one key component, apart from people actually showing up, is using English. This is where we hit a speed bump. Plain and simple the students just don't use the English they have and would much rather resort to their native tongue, a very common problem any English teacher faces. At times it's like getting blood out of a stone!

This aside we still plow ahead with our activities, usually parties, a good excuse to eat chips and chocolate. On Tuesday this week we broke the mold and ventured into the school home economics room to do some baking!

I don't know how we did it but the chocolate cake was amazing, the cookies were little treats of treasure and the pikelets were slightly tough but covered in jam the Japanese members didn't know the difference. I was a master chef directing traffic and fending off teenagers who would rather eat the batter than the finished product (when they weren't looking I would sneak some).


Grath said...

Oh my god Nathan.... some of the Japaneasyness is rubbing off on you. Pulling peace signs in photographs!!!

Get out while you are still non-Japaneasy and dont want to eat Whale!