I let my students ask me questions in class today. I told them they could ask a question about me, about America, the English Language or Anything Else.
Never, ever, under any circumstance leave the door that wide open for students to ask questions. I got everything from the typical, to the funny, a couple that were super personal, bizarre, etc.
Here are just a few of the questions I was asked:
- Why did you come to China? Do you speak Chinese? Would you like a Chinese tutor?
- Do you like Chinese food?
- How do I improve my English? (Practice it, of course)
- It seems you are very strict with your students. (no, that one wasn’t even a question, right?)
- What is your attitude towards life? Do you think it is important to have a lot of goals?
- I am confused, why do Americans fall in love with each other at a flying speed?
- What are some faults that you can not tolerate? What is forbidden to do in your class?
- Is the air in China worse than in America? (Um, yes.)
- How do American students act in Class?
- What is the American dream exactly? Has it been a achieved yet? (I think this Guy should change his major to philosophy).
- How do Americans make sense out of Japanese people when they are speaking English? (I laughed out loud at this one.)
- How do I find an American Girlfriend? (meet Americans, of course).
- Where in the classroom do you look when you are talking to us?
- If I go to America to study, what daily objects should I pack in my suitcase?
- What is the difference between Real life in America vs. what we see in the movies? (wow, big can of worms there.)
Anyhow long story, short – If you let them ask the questions, you never know what you are going to get.