Like, really difficult.
Especially if you were only provided the lesson plan 20 minutes before the class and you have never taught before in your life and there are 13 Spanish speaking students with limited English proficiency expecting you to help them learn “mas inglés.”
I am tutoring/teaching English to Spanish speakers at El Sol COmmunity Resource Center once a week. I signed up to teach at level c/d which requires the least Spanish, since I know none whatsoever, but was placed at Level B2. The levels go from A-D with A speaking almost no English and D speaking the most English.
Luckily, I was placed with Ada from Palm Beach State College who speaks Spanish, pretty fluently as a native/heritage speaker. Without her, I would have been dead in the water.
The class was fun, but boy was it stressful. We were teaching the verb “to be.” So we started off with saying things like “My name is Cassidy. I am from FAU. I’m 21 years old. I am a student.” Then we discussed different jobs that they have held in the past, and moved on to a bit of the grammar.
Planning to take up 2 hours of material was difficult. Especially since I had never done it before and had no prep time. I hope next week will go smoother.
They saw me make some mistakes, but I believe that is helpful. Now they won’t be as afraid to make a mistake, I hope, because I’ve made a few. We had a few good laughs about them, such as when I gave them an answer (twice). Or when we had to look up how to spell something in English.
One thing I was surprised about, was how much Spanish I actually understood. I could grasp parts of the conversation and even the gist of a few. I was shocked. For someone who has only had two years that did nothing (or so I thought upon leaving said two years) over 5 years ago now, I sure could pick up a bunch of words.
However, the textbook confused me once: they wanted us to teach them that we had a plural you. And English doesn’t use that. But oh well, we just skipped that part.
I look forward to this journey this semester. Hopefully, I will make a difference and learn some things myself.