Recently a group of our university students were preparing for an English exam. They showed us some of their review questions, and we were stunned and humbled by what we saw. Maybe some of you are linguists and this makes sense to you, but we really struggled (and spent a lot of time searching on Google) to explain these concepts. This is typical English instruction that students receive, and yet they struggle mightily when it comes to simple conversations.
We are uniquely positioned here to come alongside students and to practice simple conversation without worrying about allomorphs or suppletivity…and this has led to the formation of many relationships. Pray that God would continue to give us energy and capacity as we teach English in this setting.