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QW 030712 “Got a Laugh”

Yeah, I got a laugh. I got a big laugh from the students who came to my last class yesterday. It’s not very difficult for me to see big smiles and sincere nodding among students, but it’s not very easy for me to get a LAUGH from them, which I’m eager to become good at. Right after a five-minute break of a two hour class, I usually go slightly off-topic for a few minutes to ease the students into the second half of the class. Last night, I was full aware that they are going to take the TOEIC IP test next week to achieve the required score, so I wanted to lower their anxiety level by saying something dramatic. The company providing its employees with the English class doesn’t want us, instructors, to talk about TOEIC test-taking skills or techniques. In fact we were advised not to touch on the test-taking skill thing or to rephrase explanations into something that won’t connote TOEIC or its test-taking skills. Which I would never hate, actually. It’s because that kind of attitude is likely to mean that the company wants something beyond TOEIC from its employees, isn’t it? But, again, last night, I decided to run a risk and say something truly TOEIC-class like. When I said, “I’m completely aware that your company hates this TOEIC-TOEIC stuff, but…”, some of the students, mainly the people in senior positions, burst into a big laugh. I didn’t expect such favorable reaction. Their big laugh made me very happy and content, knowing that they were also aware that I broke the rule just to make them relaxed and confident in taking the test next week.

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