The opening ceremony in Brazil last night kicked off the World Cup and England is gripped by Football Fever. I have a Spanish student staying for the next month and he is a football fanatic. I managed to find a lesson plan all about Brazil and Pele and for the last two days I have been teaching him English football terminology. Teaching a language is all about finding ways to engage your student, so that enthusiasm and the desire to communicate provide the means and motivation required for learning. After lessons he does activities and knowing how keen he is on sport I have lined up a cycle ride with my husband and eldest son, a tennis lesson, golf and today’s activity is badminton with me and my friends (my regular Friday fixture). I’ve got to throw in some culture too, so there’ll be some sightseeing too but I’m pretty confident that he’ll have a good time, as well as improving his fluency.
Organising his agenda takes me back to the days when my boys were little and all the sports and after- school activities I encouraged them to partake in – football, swimming, karate, athletics and drama to name a few…this took time, money and effort but as some of the single mums I interviewed for my book pointed out, the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. One spoke of how cheering your child on from the sidelines can actually lead to new friendships with the other parents there. Everyone agreed that it was important to encourage their interests and as one lady pointed out, you do it because your kids’ happiness is the most important thing.
“THE SINGLE MUM’S SURVIVAL GUIDE – How To Pick Up The Pieces and Build a Happy New Life” is available on Amazon and hits the shops on 1st July. If you’d like to meet me in person and get a signed copy of the book, do join me at my book launch on Friday 4th July, 7.30 pm at The Steyning Bookshop, High Street, Sreyning, West Sussex.