Category Archives: Teaching ESL

The Glamorous, Glamorous Life of an ESL Teacher When Most of Her Co-Workers Are On Holiday

This is the third week in a row I have spent over fifty hours in the classroom. This week and next it’ll be an even 56 each.  This week is better than last though, because every afternoon I have exactly an … Continue reading

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While The World Continues Without Me…

Wonderful, magical bits of protest have been happening this week. Like the university, (have lost my note with the name of it- if anyone can fill it in for me, that’d be swell) where the graduating class largely turned their … Continue reading

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Stashing cash.

So you know how you had that one science teacher that, like, EVERYONE in the school knew kept vodka in the chemical cabinet? (Ma, have we ever discussed this? Literally EVERYONE knew there was vodka in the chemical cabinet, but … Continue reading

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We Have Met The Enemy And He Is An Idiot.

Okay, so Western Media is turning a blind eye, and having been a lifelong consumer of Western media I get it. You care about Rwanda for a week and then you start focusing on how your boyfriend got you the … Continue reading

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Normally, I Like It When People Ask Questions

I am extraordinarily tired and worn out from three weeks of constant worry, so bear with me while I walk you through my thought process. I have a student who sits RIGHT next to my desk, who’s kind of the … Continue reading

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Smoke Like a Turk

I had my first ever cigarette on a cold winter night when I was fifteen years old. Clare and the Quebecois exchange student whose name I cannot for the life of me remember snuck out of my house after mama … Continue reading

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What Makes A Good Teacher

Dan and I were just now sitting on the porch off the teacher’s room together, discussing our high school science teachers for some reason.  We both had horrible chemistry teachers. “My physics teacher wasn’t too bad,” I said. “I actually … Continue reading

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Conquering France

Mert, a student, mentioned in class that he was arrested when he was younger. Now this is a very law-abiding society, and Mert is the first student I’ve had who’s ever been arrested, or at least has admitted to being … Continue reading

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