I don’t mean when they find nothing to say about their needs (I’ve got it set up so that it’s useful as a language task even when it is not as a needs analysis). What I’m talking about here is when you can see it dawning on them “Actually, what the hell am I doing here studying (this kind of) English?” as they go through the questions, something I’d been subconsciously aware of but became really obvious with a recent class.
When they find that they’ve learnt something they might be able to use some time and never learnt in their previous umpteen years of English and that they had fun, the doubt and angst have usually disappeared from their faces by the end of the lesson. I can’t help wondering, though, if it starts gnawing at them again on the bus on their way home, a little bit like this the depressed priest on the bus home with Radiohead playing in Father Ted Goes to America.
The previous one in what seems to be turning into a “When… goes wrong” series is: