Category Archives: ESL

In the Classroom

There was a light cascade of snow to complicate and complement my early morning walk to the bus stop. Its drops were so fine only the light from the streetlamps illuminated it.  Rather than get bogged down in thoughts of … Continue reading

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A Digital Experiment

I tried an experiment in my class on Monday, and I am a bit at a loss as to what to do with it. You see, my students need to write better in English to progress through their levels. They … Continue reading

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What happened to Facebook?

As an ESL teacher, I am sometimes caught in a time warp. Of course, teaching people younger than I am is always going to expose a generation gap, but actually it is the textbooks that are a bigger culprit.  This … Continue reading

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When Your Phone Dies

Last week, my phone stopped working. While it did affect me from a texting perspective, it didn’t really affect me from a phone perspective because very few people call me.  Actually, few people text me either, but those few people … Continue reading

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Remarks on the Passing of Time

In truth, I have no Perfect Moment for today. As a result, I will have to cling to yesterday’s Perfect Moment that I wasn’t able to write about because I needed a bit more time to process.  Thankfully, it is … Continue reading

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Following Through

I am not sure there is anything more disappointing than a person who promises something and then doesn’t follow through on it. Okay, there are lots of other disappointing things.  Your sports team doesn’t win.  You miss the bus……I could … Continue reading

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Better Than Solitary Joy

Where I work, students improve their English and change their levels. Hopefully, they have improved their pronunciation, reading comprehension, their writing skills, and their ability to speak a language I take for granted every day.  While I love this, it … Continue reading

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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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Pizza, Free and Delicious

We have a custom at work that basically works like this. If you have something you want to share (get rid of is also a kind of sharing) put it on the table in the kitchen area.  Over the years … Continue reading

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