Category Archives: ESL

Lessons in the Obvious

My student made me laugh today.  I doubt that I can do the scene any justice whatsoever.  I mean, it probably isn’t funny.  No, that’s not true.  It’s funny, but I don’t know if I can write it like it’s … Continue reading

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Helping a Student

Today’s Perfect Moment is about finding common ground with my new students.  I think, sometimes, my teaching is more effective when I share a common interest with a student, or at least have some knowledge I can impart on them. … Continue reading

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It’s About Time

There is an Asian supermarket near my house. I am sure I have written about it before.  I go there to grab Japanese candy, (as Heide knows I like so much) samosas, Vietnamese coffee, chocolate milk, lettuce, rye bread, and … Continue reading

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Green Tea KitKats and more

My student brought in two bags of green tea KitKats today. I was delighted, as were some of the students. Those who had never experienced them before were a bit confused.  While all agreed that the original was good, the … Continue reading

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When a Student Cooks

Having students from all over the world comes with advantages.  One of those is food.  I get exposed to lots of different food.  Today, one of my Turkish students brought me something she made that morning.  It was delicious.

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Learning About Myself

Yesterday’s Perfect Moment is a subtle one for me and required a bit of thinking. I was in an ESL seminar yesterday. It was a small group owing to various shifts are school works on.  I knew all the people, … Continue reading

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Compensation

It’s Valentine’s day and I am not involved in any romance. I had no fancy dinner date, or romantic dinner at home with bottles of wine and chocolate soufflés.  Fortunately, I am a teacher, and sometimes the students bring you … Continue reading

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Tales from the ESL Teacher’s Room.

Teachers talk about their students. That is a given.  Sometime we complain about them, sometimes we praise them, and sometimes we are completely baffled by them.  This is considered normal venting for a teacher.  It is mostly harmless.  If you … Continue reading

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The Characters That I Work With

When I wrote about the KISS play set and my diverse co-workers, I am sure some of the readers had some doubts about my words.  We’re all prone to exaggeration.  Why would I be any different? I could reiterate my stance … Continue reading

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I Wanna Rock And Roll All Night

I am an ESL teacher. ESL teachers are an odd bunch.  There are nerdy ones.  There are geeky ones.  There are those that love grammar and those that want to teach “how we really speak.”  There are introverts and extroverts.  … Continue reading

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