Saturday, August 21, 2010

All Levels

I love teaching all levels of EFL, from the tiniest of the tinies to the adults. The older students show you what you really need to reinforce with the younger students. Here it's mostly phonics. A lot of students treat English words the same way they treat Chinese characters. Thus, they don't know how to read a new word without first being told how it sounds. A few students see a word that starts with m and read it as "mother" almost every time. The youngest ones teach you patience. After a couple hours with folks sneezing on you, crying loudly in a language you don't understand, and pulling their dicks out through the bottom of their shorts, you can handle the rest of the day pretty easily. These folks also teach you that you can be silly, and silliness helps you teach better.

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