New Weekly Post: Top Trumps

Donald J. Trump is the president-elect of the United States. I am in deep mourning about this, like many. My small-scale resistance starting this week: a list of the bullshit he has wrought upon us all this week,  accompanied by the video of me burning him in effigy on 5 November. Week of 4 December…

TEFL For Newbs: Punctuation

Basic, Important, But Tricky Topics in TEFL Grammar and Usage (2016 Edition) by Coleen Monroe-Knight, M.A. Linguistics (UCL) <–That is the very first time I’ve used my master’s letters! Wheeeee! In this series for new TEFL teachers abroad who have no previous experience with prescriptive grammar and usage other than that time in Language Arts…

Century Park, Shanghai

We went looking for mini-golf, and failed. The park, in the late winter sun….was very bleak. Maybe it’s prettier during the summer, but it sure didn’t feel like the 10 kwai entrance fee was worth it. We travelled for an hour to get there, for our first foray into Pudong. Truly, it is worse than…

New Series: TEFL grammar for newbs abroad

Most TEFL teachers abroad don’t have deep knowledge of grammar and usage when we first begin. True, we have a crash course Teaching English as a Foreign Language Certificate from an online or classroom course, often required by law for our work visas. True, we are generally native English speakers who went to school in…

Late Winter Outfit

This week it’s Chinese New Year, which is like Christmas and Thanksgiving rolled into one. We’ve been enjoying warm weather for a couple days, but early in the week it was freezing cold (as is usual in Shanghai’s winter). It’s hard to be fashionable when you are cold all the time, but I’m managing. It…