One of the shiniest jewels I've recently discovered is Jason Renshaw's blog. This guy is prolific every day there is something new and it's giving me such a lease of life. I've tried several of his ideas... some with a certain amount of trepidation but so far every one has been a complete success.
The Live Reading looked interesting so today I tried it with my ESOL Entry Three group of Asian ladies. Seeing as it's Valentine's Day on Monday I thought that would be a good place to try. So armed with my Wikipedia entry and a few key words I started the conversation. Chatting with this group is never hard and we had 20 minutes of free flowing conversation where I asked them questions and they asked me some. They were really interested especially in the story of St Valentine.
Then despite nerves and a temptation to do something I knew would work like the Music Live from London I had prepped as a backup... I went for it. Wow it was so much fun. My ladies loved it. They were all shouting out ideas, suggestions, even the quieter ones would come up with just the right phrase at certain points. They were very enthusiastic, told me how much they needed activities like this and I know that they will retain a lot more about V Day than if I'd just plonked a reading with questions in front of them.