Teaching ESL is very exciting especially if you are working in a culturally diverse country like UAE. Every single batch of students I train is a unique mixture of countries, races, beliefs, traditions, superstition etc…
Many a times I can relate this to some snippets from the show Mind your Language. Aired in the 70’s Mind your Language centres around an ESL class taught by a passionate teacher Mr.Jeremy Brown and his class room full of of misfits!
Here are some dialogues from the series. Have a taste of what my days are like:
JB: M, the opposite of Anti-Meridian is not Uncle-Meridian but Post-Meridian… G, your answer to the question ‘write a sentence using ‘a metaphor’ was unbelievable.
G: But I did write a sentence using a metaphor!
JB: Oh yes, last night I phoned my girlfriend and I met-a-phor-a drink.
JB: A sextet has absolutely nothing to do with an orgy.
JC: You wrong. Last week I see a film – Swedish Sextets
JB: Never mind what you saw a sextet means six people
JC: Si, like in the film, there were six big Swedish girls….
JB: [looking at the homework answers] S, a sorcerer is a wizard, not something you put a cup on. G, the correct word to describe a relative by marriage is an in-law, not an outlaw… an outlaw is a bandit
G: Well, so is my brother – in – law!