Many of my student's stories resonate with me as a ex-patriot living in Germany. I also have confused my German speaking partners because my German sounds like I'm chewing on cardboard while I speak. It was hard to understand me.
I have worked on my German and I am at a intermediate level, but it has given me a peek into the classroom of a 2nd language learner. I understand, you want to speak, but it seems the instructor is only interested in getting the lesson they have chosen for you over. Where is the give and take, the conversation- sometimes it gets lost in translation.
I have a lesson plan also, but I don't forget that you are coming to me because you want to use your English actively, not simply work with grammar sheets.
ANNABELLE B-BAUMANN, ELT
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