I’m currently working as an ESL tutor in Italy, giving private lessons to a range of people from hot-shot managers to unenthusiastic high school students. We practice conversation, prepare for interviews, and review, again, the differences between present perfect and present perfect continuous.
But if you pay attention, between the grammar quizzes and listening exercises, there’s another lesson going on. It’s this ‘hidden curriculum’ that I enjoy the most. That is, the moments during every lesson where my students willingly share with me a bit about themselves: what they did that day, where they went, or what their favorite gelateria in town is. Though I’m supposed to be the teacher, with the hidden curriculum I learn just as much as my “students.”