Things are going well here at ICBIE in Salvador. My students are a wonderful group, lively, cooperative and always ready to help me improve my Portuguese. They are definitely the best part of teaching. Teaching in classes like these is challenging because there is no fixed curriculum and students are at various levels in their ability to speak, listen, read and write in English. They are also learning English for a variety of reasons and span the age range from 15 to 60 years old.
Last Friday we had three English speaking visitors. Two American women from the South and Susanna, an Italian women who speaks English. The students worked in small groups and interviewed the visitors based on a script I prepared. The students took notes and then wrote about the visitors during the next class.
Last Saturday students from both classes took a field trip to a Feira de São Joaquim. We met at ICBIE and rode the bustogether to the market. We saw loads of fruits, vegetables, handmade crafts, meats and tobacco products. The group swelled to 15 at one point and 8 of us stayed and had lunch together.