I've got these two private students, a boy and a girl both aged 17. Every week for almost three years, I've turned up at the boy's house (which is where we meet) and done an hour and a half of English class. I've had lots of students of all ages and levels, but these two have been rather special and knowing we're coming to the end of our time together, I'd like to say why:
Because they're articulate and observant, and more perceptive than I remember being at their age.
Because despite being in the grip of adolescence, they are two of the most genial people I've worked with. I met them when they were just entering their teens. Not an easy age to be yourself and make yourself understood, let alone in a foreign language, but these two managed to do both.
Because they tell good stories and have made me laugh a lot. Some weeks I've dragged my feet a little on the way to class feeling tired, ill or burnt out, but every single week I've felt better after the lesson with them.
Because they laugh at my jokes, which is doubly gratifying because the fact that they find them amusing means they have understood!
Because I am genuinely interested to see what their next step will be, and what they'll be doing in a few years' time.
Because my Thursday afternoons will feel funny without them.