Do you ever have a student, and you're meeting with them, and you can't figure out how to communicate about what's happening in a text that seems completely straightforward and "easy." I'm not talking Derrida, but a short news article or the basic plot of a short story or a basic assignment explanation in a syllabus.
I had two of those conversations today. We're looking together at the text, and the student can't seem to get what seems to me a fairly basic sentence. And I can't seem to help them.
When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, I'd sometimes be "part of" a conversation in Spanish, and I knew I wasn't quite getting the conversation. (This also happened with television shows, usually in contexts where I couldn't stop to look up a word or ask for help with a word.) That always worried me because I knew I couldn't be certain that anything I said would make sense in the context, and there seemed a good chance that I'd say something totally wrong or inappropriate.
I wonder if my students are feeling the same way a whole lot of the time?