|When I worked one of my high school/college jobs at the gym|
Now let's keep in mind two things.
1. My students are not American students.
2. My students tend to be from an affluent upbringing
(EDITED TO ADD: 3. This school is known as one of the best schools in Mexico. As such, the students are known to have an especially high workload.)
The problem was that the in audio the man mentioned "work" and the answer was about "school." My students instantly ruled out anyone who worked being in school (other than a teacher perhaps) because students don't work. The conversation went something like this.
Student A: "Teacher it can't be B"
Me: "OK, why not?"
Student A: "Because students don't work"
Me: "Well, don't some students work? I mean it is possible right?"
Student B: "RARELY*"
*I am very proud of him using rarely as we JUST learned that!
Teacher: "OK, this is a cultural thing. In America, most students have jobs. I had three."
Students: *blank stares*
Student C: "Really?"
Times like this I remember that we really aren't just teaching a language we are teaching a whole new culture!
I am trying to remember any time when something like this happened to me learning Spanish, but I just can't think of any? Can you?