Monday, February 12, 2007

A corrected collection of recollections

Classes have just begun for 2007 here at Otago Polytechnic. They shall run from Monday through to Thursday, and I shall be teaching morning and afternoon class (busy, busy, except for Fridays. Yummy three-day weekends!)

I am going to ask students to keep a log of what they have been doing during class and also in their own time. Some will keep a spoken record on tape - later on as podcasts - while other students will keep a written record, on paper, as a word document, or even on a blog. The rest of this post, therefore, will consist of a collection of yesterday's recollections.

The First Day

In the first week of the school at Otago Polytechnic, I felt sad because I missed my best friend Teressa. I notice during break time that most of the students speak in their own language rather than English, so I'm sometimes lonely.

But no problem. I've started to cope with this and try to do my work or read in my free time. Don't worry about me.


I have joined a English class at Polytech. It's so fantastic! My English is not so good. The reason is that I lose confidence when I go to interviews for jobs and communicate with people. But now I am very happy and have fun in my new English class. I can improve more my English and make new friends from all different countries such as Korea, China, Cambodia . . . and especially my New Zealand teacher. He's a good teacher. He teaches with all his heart and is very friendly with students.

I am very interested in my new English class. Because of that I enjoy my life and meet lovely people.


Yesterday it was great because I met many good people in my class. They were so friendly, and I am very happy because I didn't get stressed. I thought I would be shy, but I wasn't.


Today is the first day of class this year. This year I’m in William’s class, the same as last year. I’m really happy to be there. My class has 14 students, most of whom I knew already. It was great to see them. First we did a survey about how good our English is. Second we did ice-breaking, which was absolutely fun and interesting.


Yesterday I started at the school of English at Otago Polytechnic. My morning class teacher is William, and the afternoon class teacher is Lindsey. I met many new faces. We received an orientation and completed a Needs Analysis. The classroom was chilly, but I was happy to learn English and meet many people from different countries.

After coming back home I was busy preparing a meal and picking plums with my daughter.

Wea Ju

Yesterday was the start of the year at Otago Polytechnic’s School of Languages. I’m very excited to meet my new lecturer and some new students as well. We felt very delighted to know each other because to be able to learn a lot of things from different cultures and countries.


Yesterday it was great because I met many good people in my class. They were so friendly and I was very happy because I was not shy this day. I like to meet new people.

This is my first time at the language school. I belong to the AM4 class; my teacher is William, a couch-type teacher. All I remember doing is a questionnaire for what I need to improve my English capability. I think more practice is very important for me.


At last the School of Languages year has started. It was the first day yesterday. Some new students joined us, and we also met old friends. I could see that they all looked happy. We said hello and introduced ourselves to each other, and my teacher, William Otte Lucas, welcomed us too.

We did a survey, and then the teacher told us about the plan for our class this year. All in all it was quite a busy day yesterday!


It was the first day yesterday. I met my new teacher and the new students, but I was very nervous because English is getting difficult. Nevertheless, I made a resolution to study hard this year.

Kwi Ok

I was afraid yesterday because it was decided that my class was AM4 though last year I studied in AM2. I had to strain the first day. We’ll be using computers. I haven’t used them before, but I’ll make every effort.

Sun Young

I don’t know why I felt so nervous yesterday. It wasn’t my first time in Otago Polytechnic, but I was happy to be here again. I sat alone in the classroom, and I felt like an outsider because I miss my friends Samantha, Fauzia and Eun Sook.


Yesterday was my first day at the School of Languages. I saw some old students and a few new ones. I didn’t see Barbara; she has gone away and I missed her a little.


Yesterday was my first day to go to school this year. I tried to find a parking place but it was still hard for me. I thought I had prepared very well because I got rideshare card, but when I arrived there was no park for me, so I drove my car around the building again and then went to the Logan Park. When I walked back, I found that the rideshare sign was covered by plastic cloth!


Yesterday was the start of this year semester. First of all, at 9.00 a.m., all the students collected together in a classroom and there was a simple opening. Firstly, Susan introduced herself as the New Barbara. She is the new head of the School of Languages. Then she introduced every class teacher’s name to us, and after that teachers announced what class each student belonged to . . . (to be continued)


I came back from overseas about two weeks ago, but I still feel tired. I'm going to prune all the plants and hedges, and mow the lawn of my garden at the weekend. During the weekdays, I learn English reading, writing and spoken expression skills at the Languages school. Also I need to learn academic skills for business writing in the business class with some business students. This is a big challenge for me. I'm worried that my English is not good enough to study business and that the writing course will not be useful for me. Anyway, I will study hard this busy year.



Rosa said...

Hi William and William's students. It's Rosa from Sydney. I've also got a class of ESL students and they have just started at TAFE. All of them have learnt English before, but are new at the college.
It'd be very nice if you could write to each other. You can visit my students' blogs and write to them in their comments. You could tell us about life in New Zealand and they can tell you about Sydney. What do you think?

hadashi said...

Hi Rosa

Good to hear from you again. My class this year are happy to communicate with yours. I told them that I was happy too, as long as they don't emigrate across the Tasman!

We are starting off with email writing - and all of them are active in that regard. Perhaps later some of them will set up or continue blogs, but for the moment perhaps communication through emails would be best.

I have updated the blog entry to which you refer with all the students' email addresses (please let me know if any are inaccurate). Your students could write to individuals or perhaps to all 15 as a group.

Let's see how it pans out . . .

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leslie said...

I am leslie who studies in rosa's class in Sydney. I have lived in Sydney for 1 year. My email address is
My blog add is
Welcome to my blog. We will be a good friend.

burcu said...

Hello everyone:
My name is Burcu. This my first English class in Tafe and I'm learning English and how to use computers.

Dan said...

How are you,Parkiji

My name is Dan ,now I 'm learning English in the Rosa 's class. The blog provided a best stage which let us emproving intrest on learning English ,making a very well with classmate and knowing a lot of new friends ,extending our sight so everyone like it ,I think you enjoy blog learning too.

wellcome you join us online,I hope we can offen have a comunications by the EMAIL.

MY email

jane said...

Hi.William's Class. Nice to meet you in your Blog.

My name is Jane. I'm a student of Rosa's English class in Sydney Australia.

I hope that we can lean English with each other in our Blogs and emails.

lei said...

Hello William and William's students,glad to meet you!
I'm a Rosa's student.I think maybe we can do practices on-line and help each other.

Wendy said...

Hi everyone,
I'm Wendy from the Bill Robertson Library. It's great to see you all blogging, well done. I know how nerve racking it is when you first start blogging. I'm still learning too!! I just wanted to say if you need any help in the library, please come and ask any of the librarians at the information desk, and we will do our best to help you. I have a blog too, it's called Wen's Woffle (basically it records my bits of woffling!!)I like to use it to keep records of interesting websites and information. You can visit at
Please feel free to leave comments

Cheery and congratulations for getting your class blog up and running.

Kind regards