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…

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…

TEFL For Newbs: Parts Of Speech

This is the second in the series I’ve started for new TEFL teachers. It can be hard to know what will come up in terms of grammar and usage when starting out, and this is meant as a crash course from a now-experienced teacher (with a master’s in Linguistics to boot!). For the full posts…

How I’m Really Feeling

Things are hard. They’ve been hard for a long time. I work, hard. I was sick this week for days on end, the culmination of several weeks of clinging colds and illnesses that were only vaguely there. Then Monday night. The worst cramps I’ve suffered since I had to go home from school in Mr….