So, here's the TIP. You have your iPad or you have your piece of paper, or whatever. If you're sitting side-by-side like this, and you start writing something on a piece of paper, your hand is blocking the paper. And the student, they can't see anything. Sometimes the students may get a little frustrated...And that's not cool. You don't want to frustrate your student, in any situation. So, what can you do? Let's change the placement. First of all you sit across from the student. The student sits on the other side of the table, or kind of kind of catty-corner to right here. And you write upside down.Read More
What do you do if you don't know or can't answer a student's question? Like, "Do you know why theres an inversion when you use embedded questions?" What you absolutely do NOT do is make up an answer to cover for the fact that you don't know or you're not sure. That's just being disrespectful to the student and to English teachers everywhere!Read More
You have to ask yourself what goes through some people's heads. The answer in a lot of cases, it seems, is NOTHING! We've all seen it, and we've all stepped in it before. That's right. You guessed it. Dog poo.
Here's the scenario (this just happened to me today, by the way, so it's "fresh" in my mind - pun intended):Read More
A special happy father's day message from Josh. When you're a father, every day should be father's day, right? We should be celebrated every time we burp our babies, every time we take their temperature rectally, every time we change a stanky diaper. If we are not celebrated, than I shall celebrate you for you! Happy Father's Day to all of you fathers out there who have stuck with your kids, and with me. All the best!Read More
I just wanted to thank my two youngest students for their bravery and cooperation for helping me put this post together. They have requested to remain anonymous, so they will. But it still takes a lot of courage to allow not only your text to be online for everyone to see, but also your voice! They did a fantastic job, and as part of their language learning process, this is just one more experience that adds to their overall development - even if they don't believe it does! Teenagers!Read More
Posting this will show you just how nerdy I am when it comes to the English language. I stumbled upon this site completely by accident. In fact I have no idea how I got there, but the title made me laugh out loud! It's funny on a lot of levels, not just linguistically, so I thought I'd talk about it a little, linguistically and culturally. As one of my students always says, "English is culture!"Read More
The man widely revered as “The Slum Pope” wades into the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. Shrugging off security concerns, he kisses babies and walks down the main street of Varginha, a notorious slum run by drug lords until last year when police seized control. Residents pack into the football field ahead of his speech.
This community used to be known as “The Gaza Strip” because of the violent drug factions here. But today, people say they feel blessed...Read More
You can fail a test by getting an “F”, or fail to meet a deadline by handing your report in late. Your brakes can fail and you’re f***ed, or your marriage can fail because you f***ed somebody else. But as you’ll see in this video, the word fail has come to mean something a little different, thanks to a hilariously bad translation from Japanese into English:Read More
That admission prompted me to ask the question, "Do learners of English even need teachers of English?" Everyone has a favorite Economics or Biology teacher they had in high school or college that was super influential to the way they learned and to their ultimate success later on. But does anyone have a favorite second language teacher? I can't think of a single one of mine that stood out in any way as a definitive influence on my successful language learning. Isn't that a little weird, when you think about it?Read More
The joy of being a parent is hearing that special little sound of tiny naked feet softly pitter-pattering along the hardwood floors, having the tiny arms encircling your neck, and feeling the warm little cheek against yours. The image is a beautiful one, isn't it?Read More