Yesterday saw the first English classes at the library.
When it first opened I offered to take some English groups if there was a call for it but it seemed no-one was interested.
However, just before Christmas the librarian asked if I would still be willing as there were a few keen adults.
Of course, I agreed but when we learned there were over a dozen potential students and there was a mix of adults and children I decided to drag CC along so that we could have two groups.
The secretary at the Mairie photocopied my handouts in the morning and I went along to the library in good time (partly to take back a well overdue library book) to prepare.
Isabelle, the librarian, offered tea or coffee with biscuits and chocolates – a pleasant surprise – and then we got out extra chairs and I tracked down the toilets (a necessity after a walk in cold weather followed by drinking coffee).
The ‘pupils’ turned up in dribs and drabs and we started about ten minutes late. Just over half of them had done some English but the rest were complete beginners so we gave them the choice of staying with CC for a more advanced approach or coming with me into the other room for the basics.
CC, who has never been enthusiatic about the idea of teaching, actually enjoyed herself and her students were full of praise for her.
We both went over the allotted hour because time passed very quickly. It looked like a good beginning but we’ll know for sure if they all turn up again next week.