They learnt a surprising amount from that textbook listening/ They were surprisingly unbored by that textbook listening
How much are they learning from this activity?/ How much are they enjoying this activity and how long can I keep it going?
Great, this activity is working really well/ Damn, should have saved this activity for my observed lesson next week
We didn’t achieve half of what I wanted to/ That’s next lesson’s planning and photocopying already done then!
I wonder how well this activity is working/ I wonder if I can get a whole article out of this activity
I hope the conversation prompts I wrote get the right kinds of responses/ I hope the Tweets I wrote are getting responses
I wonder what those two students are saying/ I wonder what my Facebook friends are writing
Their English isn’t very good/ They are fit!
Their English is great/ Shame they aren’t fitter
Their grammar needs work/ Have they been working out?
Is that really an error or is just a variety of English I don’t know so well?/ Are those real or just plastic surgery?
They are never going to be able to communicate in English/ Being able to communicate in English probably doesn’t matter when you are that fit
Their English isn’t improving at all/ I can keep them in my class forever!
If their English doesn’t improve, they’ll never be able to communicate in their job or studies/ If their English doesn’t improve, I’ll have to teach them forever!
Their pronunciation needs some work/ They have such a cute accent!
I need to get them to purse their lips more/ I’d like to get them to purse their lips for me
They need some work on /th// I wonder if the spit that flies out during pron work could give me flu
I hope the students don’t pick up and start using that rather pidgin form I just used/ I hope the observer has been in the country so long they didn’t notice that rather pidgin form I just used
Would they benefit from another speaking game?/ Can I get away with another speaking game?
I probably don’t have to correct that/ How much time could I use up correcting that?
I should probably do something in order to achieve…/ I haven’t spoken or moved for a few minutes, so I should probably do something
I should change pairs now because…/ Suppose I could change pairs or something
There are just five minutes left to teach them something/ There are just five minutes left until lunch
How much did I learn from this?/ How much am I getting paid for this?
What was I hoping to achieve by… in that class, and did I achieve it?/ What was I hoping to achieve by getting into TEFL, and have I achieved any of it?