Showing posts from August, 2020

A Lesson I Learned From My Encounter With a Pesky Fly

This is a dirty story about a fly. If you don’t want to be grossed out, stop reading now. Hahaha. Okay… you’ve been warned. It was just one ordinary evening. I ladled some steaming soup into my bowl and sat cross-legged in front of my computer. It was thirty minutes before my first class in the evening. And then, it happened. A fly came buzzing near my ear, hovering over my food. It was smaller than a blowfly but it was a lot bigger than a housefly. I did not know how in the world the fly came in. I never leave my door open and all of my four windows are equipped with a fine mesh wire—not even a tiny mosquito could come in.   Most importantly, there were no piles of garbage anywhere near my apartment building so I did not really know where the fly came from. Of course, I was upset. That evening, I was preparing for my nonstop classes ( as in not even a minute of break time) from 7:25-10:30. I really needed to have a full stomach---but, instead of eating my hot

Some Anecdotes Again

Photo credit: Freepik When students finally learn to communicate in English, their personalities start to show.    These anecdotes both involve young students who knew only some basic English words when they came to my class. Anecdote Number 1 BACKGROUND I am one of those few women whom nature played with. I look pretty when my hair is down.   When I put my hair up, my face still looks the same, but it doesn’t look as good as when my hair is down. The students did not know this until that day when I tied my hair in a bun because I did not want it to get in the way of my task. Student (Twelve-year-old boy): Teacher… Me: Yes…? Student: I think… one half of you… is your hair… Anecdote Number 2 I was having my stupidest moment. Me: That dog is ugly. Student (Nine-year old girl): No, Teacher…that dog is not ugly… it’s special… One of the joys of an ESL teacher is seeing their students progress--it's like watching a seed sprout, grow leav