Tag Archives: ESL

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. Advertisements

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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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When the Teacher Has Homework

I doubt I would be alone if I confessed that Sunday night is not my most productive time. I am thinking about either sleep or dreading the need to wake up early for work the next morning.  I am usually … Continue reading

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Earning a Student’s Trust

Today’s Perfect Moment is about earning trust…or something akin to that. Today, one of my students imparted some knowledge on me that she didn’t have a boyfriend, but rather a girlfriend. This in itself was not a big shocker, nor … Continue reading

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What Student Notebooks Teach Us

Yesterday’s Back to School Post must still be stuck in my head because it slightly affected the my world today. I teach ESL to adults in the Toronto area.  These are not immigrants, but rather people who want/need to improve … Continue reading

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Making the Teacher Speechless

Teaching a new class can be hard. You’ve got to walk into the room and win them over.  When the students’ level is lower, this is more theatrics, and slow and clear speaking.  When the class is quite advanced, this … Continue reading

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…And There’s More Chocolate

I must be putting out the positive vibes. That is the conclusion I have come to.  After publishing my post about students giving me chocolate, another student brought me chocolate today.  This time it was my all time favourite Japanese … Continue reading

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Chocolate for the Teacher

I might not have liked many of my teachers growing up.  I might not have wanted to become a teacher.  In fact, I might have expended a lot of energy trying to avoid it entirely.  The truth is, I am … Continue reading

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