Fasten Your Seat Belt

Here is a comment Sabrina wrote to a new member of the group, Sasha. It’s pretty cool so I made it into an article:

Welcome on board. The Captain has turned on the Fasten Seat Belt sign. If you haven’t already done so, please stow your carry-on luggage (grammar books) underneath the seat in front of you or in an overhead bin. But in case of emergency landing, they will be dumped first into the ocean to never be found again. Please take your seat and fasten your seat belt. And also make sure your seat back and folding trays are in their full upright position.

At this time, we request that all mobile phones, pagers, radios and remote controlled toys be turned off for the full duration of the flight, as these items might interfere with the navigational and communication equipment on this CI aircraft. We request that all other electronic devices be turned off until we fly above 10,000 feet . We will notify you when it is safe to use such devices (after class thank you very much) .

If you have any questions about our flight today, please don’t hesitate to ask one of our flight attendants (all of us CI practitioners) . Thank you.”

Although we can never predict how bumpy this flight may be, we can assure you there will be bumps along the way. We wish you a very pleasant flight to your final destination as an authentic language teacher.



9 thoughts on “Fasten Your Seat Belt”

  1. Funny! I actually did go to my classroom and made a huge pile of all of my Spanish books that I won’t need anymore or shouldn’t be of use in a CI classroom. I’m going to dump them all somewhere, need to find an ocean (or Salvation Army)!

    1. Sabrina is probably needing a 48 hour day to get moved out here to Denver from Chicago so I will answer for her – I think she worked for SwissAir but in the area of training personnel. That’s maybe why she is such a great trainer at comprehensible input!

      I got a nice report from Diane about the Chicago training, by the way, and then it got jammed up in the queue here. I need to post that. The feeling I got from Diane’s report is that Chicago is going to be just fine with the people in place there even if Sabrina comes to Denver. So that’s a good thing!

      1. Yep, and the follow-up from people who attended are things like, “I’m so glad we’re meeting again in Nov.” and “I never want to feel so isolated again, like before that meeting” and I think it was a total hit with all of us who attended. I am really pumped for the school year and it’s thanks to that meeting.

        1. I second that the meeting went really well. We must stop people from feeling isolated, because isolation is what will cause people to fall back on safe things like textbooks.

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