This student is smart. She speaks English to a very high level for her age group, largely as a result of watching endless, episodes of American TV dramas for which she professes her love for daily. She is in several of my after school and morning classes and is a pleasure to teach. I though nothing of it when she asked me to double check an email she had written in English to a friend.
I am still unsure as to whether this was the result of a terrible collision with Google Translate or of her own doing. It did not sound like the student I knew. It was an email to a male friend that she seemed very excited to see. Teenagers will be teenagers. They are supposed to test the boundaries while they navigate their transition into adulthood. It is what they do. But come on, you don’t show your teacher. Ever.