My teacher sister was telling me about her week teaching English to children whose families have moved to Australia either as refugees, migrants or immigrants.
She had previously told me about nine year old Ivan from Russia who doesn't understand a word of English and appears to be struggling with the learning program.
Yesterday she discovered that an international language does exist and that Ivan may know a little more than he is letting on.
While her back was turned helping another student, Ivan was showing a willingness to explore the language on his own.
She found him at the computer typing the word Porn into Google.
Of course he was out of luck.
Ivan clearly wasn't aware that schools here don't allow students to have access to Google's extensive education curriculum on certain subjects. I know, imagine the damn Aussie education system blocking children's rights to learn in this day and age.
When I learnt to read I was given something similar to Dick and Jane books (truth is, I do not remember that long ago),
"This is Dick”
"This is Jane"
"See Spot and Puff in a little play"
I guess Ivan was looking for the Advanced English course more suited to his visual, as opposed auditory, learning style.
When I think about it, there are a great number of similarities between porn and first readers, like Dick and Jane.
Simple, repetitive sentences, colourful illustrations, designed to encourage you to fill in the plot lines and presenting a world that is more ideal than true-to-life.
Somehow, I think Ivan will pick up English in no time, don't you?
Note: Image of boy from gfn.