Every Saturday, I have a side job teaching English (as a second language) to a bunch of kids in free community school. For the latest assignment, I split them into groups, assigned a broad prompt to each group, and asked them to pick a specific subject matter and make a presentation based on that. On the presentation day, things went just as I expected. Most of the kids, aged fourteen to nineteen, were shy and lacked both confidence and fluency in English, so I had to help them when they’re stumbling with their material, prod them to ask questions, and continuously assert myself to keep things going and lively.
Then, one of the groups revealed that they’re doing a presentation on Doraemon (the prompt I gave them was ‘Japan’), and the class simply exploded.