Category Archives: ESL

The Time Of A Song

All our classes were asked to come up with a skit for an end-of-class performance, so my ESL students the first week were came up with two really hilarious skits, both using quite limited English and ending with clever bicultural puns. … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, ESL, Taiwan | Leave a comment

Experience

Me, as a first-year teacher: Teaching is a noble calling, and I will change lives in the classroom. I will share my love of language and literature, and I’ll encourage my students to be their best. Decades later, my students … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, ESL, Teaching | Leave a comment

Travians on SeeJaneGame

I have a review of the addictive little browser game Travians up over on SeeJaneGame: The game opens with a message from your Travian’s uncle Horatio, asking you to come and help him with the ancestral estate. As he sends … Continue reading

Posted in ESL, Game Reviews, New Jersey, Raleigh | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Reasons To Work In China

In the belief that such things are very Western, my school encourages me to wear jeans, sneakers and t-shirts to work. Subscribe to Violet Eclipse by Email

Posted in ESL, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

My Sister The Pirate

My sister Bethie just returned from three months of sailing the high seas, so naturally when I got to talk to her tonight, I asked her all about her pirate life. “Did you call your friends, ‘me hearties’? Do you … Continue reading

Posted in ESL | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

English Assignment

Subscribe to Violet Eclipse by Email

Posted in ESL | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Universal Behavior

I did some Mad Libs with my new teenage class. This is secretly a test to sort out English speakers from nodders. I can’t even fault them for faking it… I spent most of my high school chem class pretending … Continue reading

Posted in ESL | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Yes

I’ve already talked about using “Yes” as a synonym for “I have no idea what you’re saying”. This entry from Tim Johnson’s blog quotes a letter from a 1920s missionary in China, and shows that the ubiquitous Chinese yes is … Continue reading

Posted in ESL | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Meanderthal

Meanderthal — 1) n. A dull-witted student moving through his workbook at his own special pace. 2) v. The behavior of such a student. Usage: John’s parents were so wealthy and well-connected that he meanderthaled through three years of English … Continue reading

Posted in ESL, Teaching | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Test Scores

I hate state-required testing, and I don’t think it measures anything, and I think it’s a waste of my students’ time… except when works in my favor. I got my students’ test scores back today and they were awesome! The … Continue reading

Posted in ESL | Tagged , , | Leave a comment