The other day I had an extremely awesome consultation. I was working with an ELL student from Japan, and he was such cool guy to work with. His assignment was to write a paper from the first person point of view. He chose to write it from the point of view of his grandmother. She was in Japan when America bombed them during World War II, and it was extremely interesting to read. It was a positive story too; it was about overcoming and appreciating everything you had. There was absolutely nothing negative about it. This guy was the same way. He was working extremely hard to learn English (and he was quite good at it I might add), and I had a great time explaining things to him.
He was genuinely interested in word choice and different ways to use words. In a sentence in which he was describing faces sweating he said the “faces got sweat.” I had the opportunity to explain how nouns can sometimes become verbs and that in this case he would be able to use “sweat” as a verb and remove the word “got.” He was extremely excited and fascinated, and he asked me for further examples.
We were also able to talk about various Japanese customs due to references in his paper. It was truly fascinating and educational for me. I am excited to say that I believe he learned something too. He had plenty of questions throughout the consultation about word choice and methods. It is consultations that go as well as this one that remind you why you consult.
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