ADULT LEARNING CENTRE
"Feeling a Fool while Going to School"
March 6, 2002
Today, in class, we will read Albert Koehl's short essay on his
experiences with learning Chinese. This article, published in The Globe
and Mail, will be read and discussed in the following way.
All students will read, silently, one time through without a
Teacher will read, orally, one time through.
Students will work together, in groups, to define 12 vocabulary words
through context clues. (without dictionaries)
Following our reading, we will discuss the article and prepare
ourselves for the essay assignment that follows.
Writing Assignment (Due, in class, on March 13,
Using the article, "Feeling a Fool While Going to School,"
as a model, write a short essay on your own experiences with learning a
Write three body paragraphs of no more than 75 to 100 words on each
of the following topics. Try, if you can, to relate something humorous
or funny in at least one example.
1. Difficulties in pronunciation.
2. Problems with reading.
3. Something you've learned about a different culture by learning a new
language. (as Koehl has about, for example, the verb "to go" in
Write a short introduction and conclusion of no more than 25 to 40
words each to complete your essay.
Sample Essay for this assignment.
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