While there are major advantages of my German and my English giving me a head start thanks to many linguistic similarities, I have had a major set-back in this mission that has been slowing me down tremendously; simply finding opportunities to converse!Dutch culture is different to others I am used to; everyone has been very nice and polite to me, and nobody speaks English to me, but after a brief first conversation they tend to disappear, and there is little hope of seeing them again due to their always packed schedules. Luckily I am finally getting through to some people and starting to socialise properly, hanging out for hours or even almost an entire day, speaking just in Dutch.Deer meat (venison) is a delicacy, but is rare to find due to the difficulty in properly containing the deer in order to shecht it (kosher slaughter).As for birds, the Torah enumerates 24 forbidden species, and the Talmud explains that, among other signs, all birds of prey (vulture, hawk, eagle) are forbidden.You generally don't meet someone up for coffee or lunch; you have to propose a time long in advance and understand the Dutch need to be organised; something which contrasts with my preference for spontaneity.focused on creative strategies to make faculty meetings more engaging and valuable to teachers.
They conduct their five-minute oral presentation, and then they listen to their partner present for five minutes. I like to set up a list with names along with partners so that everyone knows whom they will be presenting for, but you may prefer to have them rotate on their own – especially if you can set up the classroom with desks in an outer circle and an inner circle to facilitate rotations.
They also remark that having to listen to five presentations one-on-one keeps them focused, as opposed to hearing a series of presentations from every student in the class.
Last, I use an invitation (to make the idea enticing) with the following information to go over with the students while I verbally explain the “Speed Demos”. Then, you switch to your next partner and repeat (demo for five, listen for five). (Insert each student’s name here.)22.214.171.124.126.96.36.199.10. You may have to change the numbers depending on how many students you have in your class.*Don’t forget: five minutes for each group Round 11 – 62 – 73 – 84 – 95 – 10Round 21 – 102 – 63 – 74 – 85 – 9Round 31 – 92 – 103 – 64 – 75 – 8Round 41 – 82 – 93 – 104 – 65 – 7Round 51 – 72 – 83 – 94 – 105 – 6 Discussing the topic of speed dating sparks an immediate interest in students.
I also use a timer set to five minutes to ensure that everyone gets his or her allotted amount of time to present.
Students respond positively to the format because they do not feel too overwhelmed having to present in front of an entire class, and they comment that by the fifth presentation they feel much more comfortable and fluent.