Going Outside the Classroom
At the age of 80, Fred enrolled in a beginner German course which I was teaching once a week at an adult education centre. He set out to learn the language with a great deal of enthusiasm, and made reasonable progress. After attending classes for about six months he went on a coach trip to Germany, and in the next class told us how he had ordered — in German — a hotdog from a stall. When he offered to pay for it, he was told by the hot-dog seller that he could have it for free because he had spoken in German. The rest of us shared his delight in what obviously felt like a major achievement in actually using the target language.
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