For five years, I've been teaching English as a Second Language, and for the last two years I've been teaching adults new to an English-speaking country. They've certainly taught me heaps (How to say "I'm tired" in Hmong, the merits of Shelly Senbei, how to rock at ping pong) and I've taught them a few things that weren't part of the curriculum. A sampling?
- How to ride an escalator
- Not to pick your nose in public
- Who to call about an abortion
- How to cast a fishing pole
- Not to ask an American about their weight/age/income/religion
- How to ride the bus
- How to use a mouse (clue: putting it on your neighbor's desk and then dragging it two feet does not help at all)
- Not to spit your sunflower seeds directly onto the carpet
- That you need to wear shoes into stores
What did you learn from your teachers that wasn't in the syllabus?
Posted by Sarah Von
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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