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 home run.  That is the sound of vindication. You can probably hear the theme from Rocky playing in the background.

After many years of teaching, I have learned that one explanation is not suitable for every student at every stage of their learning. Their other teachers’ explanations were all probably pretty good, but just didn’t make an impression on this particular student.  On an entirely different student, or at a different time, those explanations might have been home runs.  As well, on a different student, or at a different time, my explanation might have been a complete dud.

However, today it was a great answer. Today it garnered a compliment and a satisfied student.  Today, it was the Perfect Moment.


About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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8 Responses to An ESL Home Run

  1. It’s “compliment.”
    Complement is: “something that fills up, completes, or makes better or perfect
    The scarf is a perfect complement to her outfit.”
    Please, it’s appreciated if you’d get basic spelling and grammar correct. Would help ease the weight on my shoulders.

  2. Home run – two words.

  3. Wilhelmina Wanderlust says:

    These moments are why I love my profession. Thanks for sharing! Oh yes, I have changed addresses. If you would like, please come over and visit me at Thanks Anthony and have a super day!

  4. Heide says:

    Yay! As a teacher, don’t you just live for those moments when a concept goes “click” in your student’s noggin? I’m so glad you had one such moment today, Anthony.

  5. Anna Kwan says:

    It’s always nice to hear when your student has a big “ah-ha” moment—when everything just clicks for them! It puts a smile on any teacher’s face! 😊

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