Me No English

“Me no English,” states the girl with enough grammar to ape Tarzan. She does this in spite of speaking full sentences and writing them in her book. I’ve heard her say fluent and complete ones before. She and the others use this as a joke. “I’m not asking you to speak English,” I growl. “I’m…

Raw Audio: Teaching Kindergarten on Two hours of sleep

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. My hagwon put on a speech contest for the kindergarteners, I started having serious issues sleeping (now I can’t sleep in the mornings or when I lay down to sleep), and I continued to cough horribly for the fourth week in a row. Several students also quit this…

Teaching

“Can I tell you something?” I’m outside one of my toughest classes, having just been told that the kids inside are crying due to being (justly) scolded. “I’m so proud that you did your speech this morning. Remember how when I got here, you couldn’t read very much at all?” This is a student from…

TEFL For Newbs: Teaching Writing

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…

Accent Shift 2014-2014: April

Sorry for the lack of editing, and the lack of analysis. I haven’t posted an accent video in months due to a combination of being too busy, being too apathetic, and having a little bit of a crisis of faith in Linguistics. I’m posting this for your analysis, therefore. What accent do you hear? Do…