Category Archives: students

One Perfect Sound

When I think of Perfect sounds, naturally (a slightly unintended wordplay), I think of rain and wind. Those are sounds that are beautiful and powerful.  Out in a tent or cabin, maybe because they are both immediate and possibly disastrous, … Continue reading

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Elegance in Simplicity

From time to time, I have featured some of the tattoos my students are sporting. Since they come from a variety of countries and backgrounds, they sport a variety of tattoo forms and shapes.  I find some of them very … Continue reading

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Direct from Switzerland

As a teacher in a private English school, in no way associated with a school board or university, it is okay to receive gifts from students. What I mean is, these gifts are not meant to influence student placement, acceptance, … Continue reading

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Brazilian, Anyone?

It is the end of my current teaching session. My students will take their big test next week (CAE) and I will be keeping my fingers crossed that they are all successful.  Seeing as it was the last day, tradition … Continue reading

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A Student with the Right Idea

Today’s Perfect Moment is a simple one. The only thing unusual about it is that it isn’t about me, but that it stirred some memories in me. During one of the breaks between classes, one of my students “went out … Continue reading

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Both Sides of the Coin

Friday’s Perfect Moment is special in that it came conveniently packaged with its opposite. It came at me with its one-two punch.  Though I don’t really like gun metaphors, it was a double barrel shotgun blast.  Fortunately, the good came … Continue reading

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What Summer Smells Like

One of the things I do moderately well as an ESL teacher is monitor. While the students are talking in groups, or pairs, I can usually pick out their errors over the din of the crowd.  It could be grammar … Continue reading

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Tempus Fugit

I wouldn’t honestly say my teaching was inspired today. It wasn’t bad either.  When I talk about inspired teaching it usually means that I have come up with an activity or approach that really got the students talking and really … Continue reading

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On the Eve of the Test

Tomorrow morning, the students I have been working with for the last twelve weeks (not including today) will be taking their FCE Exam (First Certificate in English).  I just wanted to write this post to encourage them before tomorrow.  Good … Continue reading

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Some Korean Food

I had the opportunity to go out with some former students on Thursday. Having survived a gruelling test preparation course with me (and then embarking on an international relationship with each other),  I feel a strong bond of friendship and … Continue reading

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