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Banana Kit Kat

One of my students went back to Japan to take part in a festival to celebrate adulthood.  It is a wonderful event with beautiful kimono.  I saw it a couple of times in Japan and always thought it was spectacular–at … Continue reading

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Talking About Weather

The big talk in my classrooms on Friday was all about the weather. It was kind of like I was trapped in an ESL textbook from the 70s or 80s.  I enjoyed the irony….for a few minutes at least.  Then, … Continue reading

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Some Snow Falls

When asked about it later, I had to confess that, at the time, I wasn’t quite clear as to whether they were screams of joy or fear. It was obvious later, but not then, and not for at least a … Continue reading

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An ESL Home Run

“Wow! I asked every teacher I had to explain that to me and now I understand.  Thank you.” In case you’re not sure what you’ve just read, let me explain. That is the sound of an ESL teacher hitting a … Continue reading

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As Thought by the Teacher

A quarter of a century of teaching builds calluses. I like my students, but I have learned to accept that they come for a short time and then are gone.  I don’t mean to be aloof, but after pouring my … Continue reading

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Forgetting Today’s Perfect Moment

I forgot Today’s Perfect Moment. As writing only that as today’s post would be a little confusing and potentially a bit rude, I think I had better explain. I had Today’s Perfect Moment selected, or more precisely, Today’s Perfect Moment … Continue reading

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A Novel Way to Catch Some Shuteye

If you sit in the teacher’s room, you might think that the students’ goals, besides learning, are to frustrate and confuse the teacher. The truth is, more often than not, I really think they are trying to entertain me. If … Continue reading

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Skeleton Hijacking

If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, please check it out here.  Otherwise, this next bit might not make any sense whatsoever. It seems that the boat was boarded by skeletons overnight. With the amount of discussion that the boat has … Continue reading

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What’s That Doing Here?

I wonder why there is no sitcom based on ESL teachers. Yes, I have seen the British show called Mind Your Language, and I watched every show of English Teachers (or Taipei Diaries as it was called in other countries) … Continue reading

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Where Can I Drive Your Glasses?

On the eve of Weed Day (I’m not sure if I should even capitalize that…after tomorrow, a whole bunch of lazy people aren’t going to bother….) I am blessed with choices for Today’s Perfect Moment. From them all, I choose … Continue reading

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