"At first, we will do a conversation activity. You will talk to everyone else in the class in English only. In Canada, it is common for people to shake hands when they meet, but you don't have to do this if you are not comfortable. But please talk to everyone in the class even if they are not of the same gender. You need to do this if you want to learn English quickly.
And try to smile when you meet someone in the class! Listen carefully to Aly as he gives instructions in English only. Remember, the activity after the first one will focus on the conversations that you had during this one, so try to ask and answer all of the questions with your classmates. Good luck!"
This one minute of preparation prior to starting the first class activity changed my perspective on teaching after that. The note seemed to...
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