Category Archives: ESL

That Was A Good Idea

It really couldn’t have been more Wednesday than that. There wasn’t even a smattering of Thursday, and trying to catch a glimpse of elusive Friday was out of the question. So, it is rather surprising how it turned out. I … Continue reading

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Changes

I am back to working from home full time. For the past twelve weeks I have been teaching a hybrid schedule. All mornings were at home and three afternoons were spent in the socially distance conscious classroom with a mask … Continue reading

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Brown-Eyed Girl

Like all of my posts, I start writing them in my head first. I sometimes fixate on a phrase. Sometimes it is a single word. I’ve rewritten whole paragraphs because I wanted to include a particular word and I was … Continue reading

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Getting Through

Today’s Perfect Moment, this time, comes from my teaching day. I spend quite a bit of time encouraging the students as well as teaching them things. This comes in the form of feedback, and comes in the form of little … Continue reading

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Beautifully Quiet

I felt very sleepy by the end of my teaching day. It’s only Tuesday, but it is amazing how strong I felt the Friday feeling of weariness. It could be the ongoing pandemic. It could be the gruesome political scenes … Continue reading

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Battling the Machines

I should be writing about how I prepared a decent meal for my girlfriend on the weekend. Too often, I have relied on takeout rather than my culinary skills. While one is certainly easier, it really is a little on … Continue reading

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Giving Away Some Clutter

Being back in the classroom has definitely added to the dynamic of my interactions with students. Owing to physical distancing recommendations, I am not physically close to my students, but just being in their presence has made some differences. One … Continue reading

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From Students to Shaving

I was working on phrasal verbs with my students today and one of the words in phrasal verbs in question was “tire me out”. After seeing the phrasal verb, along with some others we were looking at in context, I … Continue reading

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When ESL Teachers Clean Up

I was at work today….really at work, not teaching from a chair in my extra bedroom. And for all the significance that should have in this yet unresolved pandemic era, it wasn’t that remarkable at all. Instead it was something … Continue reading

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Back in the Classroom

The students have been clamouring for it and today we made it a reality. We had face to face classes for the first time since mid March. For me, it was the first time back in the classroom since mid … Continue reading

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