Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday's Torch Story

Babies have big heads and big eyes, and tiny little bodies with tiny little arms and legs. So did the aliens at Roswell! I rest my case.

~ William Shatner

As we do fewer scripted grammar lessons and more open discussion in our ESL class, I learn more and more about my students.

For example, during our guessing game, one of my students gave this clue for an animal:

It is like a person. Some people think humans grew from this, but we don't believe that because we believe in God.

(The answer was: Monkey.)

Not completely inconsistent with teaching ESL in a Catholic Church... ;)

The next one, on the other hand, caught me by surprise. We were discussing the previous week's reading (a humorous fictional letter from aliens to the human race) and one of the discussion questions was whether or not they believed in extraterrestrials.

One of my students is convinced that they are real, because she SAW a UFO, over 20 years ago, in her home country of Nicaragua! It was in the late evening and the sky was growing dark. She was walking across a field with her young son. The sky suddenly lit up and 3 huge objects with brillant lights raced by overhead. She and her son were terrified.

So, to summarize:

  • Evolution - eh, not so much.

  • Aliens walking among us - absolutely! ;)