Childrens' viewpoints

When I give my lessons, my students often ask me a variety of questions on topics ranging from English grammar to its expressions. Some are very simple ones, others are unique ones that adults usually don't care.

Yesterday one of my students, who is in the 6th grade, asked me about "be verbs"-am is are, or "be 動詞" in Japanese. (Not only does she, but other upper graders learn about the grammar which they usually study at junior high school.)
Her question was this: "Why do we call them `be verbs`?"

Speaking of "be verbs", I think of "am is and are" and they're used properly, depending on a subject such as I or you. They seem simple and easy to understand, but it's true that they often confuse them.
As such I was explaining details. Then, she said, "Ah, I meant why do we call them `be`? Why don't we call them something else?"
AH! I realized that she would like to know about not grammatical points but just "be". My other students, adults in particular, usually ask me about grammatical points, that's why I thought she did as well.

Well, I'm ashamed to say, a question mark was hovering over my head as well because I have never thought about the question ever after I started to learn English.^^;
Right away I searched the Internet with my smart phone while she was taking a vocabulary test. Yes, our question were cleared away.
I really think children's viewpoints awake me to new things.

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Hi, thank you for your quick reply.^^

Well, yeah, I know you didn't mean you asked about that, of course. You know, how long have we been having a friendship? lol
Yeah, of course, we can share our tips as I mentioned.^^v

Ah, a sleeping boy....lol Yeah, I'm not surprised. In my case, I have a small number of students per class, so luckily that kind of situation never happens to me . However, I can easily imagine.

There're a variety of students such as studious, lazy, or whatever, so the quality of teachers are demanded. Right? I can vouch for your ability to handle with them soon.^^

You don't say sorry as for Skype. I had to go right away due to my lessons...^^;
I'm here and you're there, so we can stay in touch anytime.
Anyway, when we have a natter, you might want to brace yourself for my non-stop talking. lol I'll do that, too! haha

Hi again! ^^ I'm off on Fridays, but today I had a meeting at my son's school to make a plan of "Summer camp in August" and "A meeting and lunch for parents in May" It takes time, really... I didn't recognize your message on Skype, I'm sorry! Well, in fact, I noticed it, but I was in the middle of chatting with a mom. When I tried to reach you, you were not there. Maybe some other time!
You don't have to talk about any contents of your lesson, of course! Actually, I cannot do this. I just wanted to know what you have in your mind to proceed your lesson: how to deal with students' questions, how to deal with a sleeping student, how to find time for preparing your lesson and what not. I had a sleeping boy in my class, and I asked a piece of advice from my friend the other day. He has 15-year teaching career! He said to me that "It's not unusual. Let sleeping dogs lie." I like his wit very much!

Hi, friend! How's it going? I'm sure you've felt fulfilled!

Well, yeah! It's interesting, isn't it.

>I suppose your class deals with upper level.
I'm not sure , but I can say they catch on quickly. For some of my students, the lower-graders in particular, I need more energy to add to English knowledge.

>I''d like to hear more what is going on in your English lesson.
Actually, I must not tell anyone how to teach or something like that under the contraction, but we can share our opinions how to deal with difficulties we often face.

>What kind of answers did you find out from the Net?
As you mentioned, the Net said.^^ How convenient!

Anyway, do you remember "Kumi san" in Fukuoka moms? She used to be a teacher at the same school as yours in Fukuoka, she said. What a small world!



Interesting! I''d like to hear more what is going on in your English lesson, because now I'm in the same boat. To be honest, I suppose your class deals with upper level. My students sometimes have trouble spelling "fingers" or "stomach." ^^;
I had the same question, actually. I didn't understand why we called them "be." In fact, "be" is 原型 for "am" "are" "is" and that's why we have a sentence like this: We should BE polite to others. What kind of answers did you find out from the Net? I'm curious.

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