Last Friday I blogged about a class for advanced learners that I am teaching on Tuesday nights. This week’s class went really well. The theme was travel, and we used the “conversation cafe” organization again. We went around the group, and they were to introduce themselves again, and tell everyone where they suggested that we travel and why. They are a very well traveled group, and we heard about places all over the world.
After everyone had told us about their suggested, we asked questions about everyones suggestions, something they are not allowed to do during the initial comments. That exchange took nearly all of the rest of the 90 minute period. It was a very natural conversation in English about everyone’s suggestions. It was delightful to be part of it.
Toward the end, I wanted to ask them about their perceptions of international travel since 9/11. Their feelings were that travel is more dangerous than it was before 9/11, and certainly more dangerous since the Iraq war, but not dangerous enough to keep anyone from traveling where they want to.