My first week of teaching in Mexico

8/2/2016 Last night was my first night to teach classes. I’d been given only the text book, in advance. I wasn’t given the attendance sheets or information about how many would be in my class and very little on how to proceed. One of the three secretaries speaks almost no English. Naturally, she was the … Continue reading My first week of teaching in Mexico

Cooler weather, but more uncertainty on the teaching front

8/21/2015 I’m feeling better today. I was a bum the entire morning yesterday and then wandered around the Levent area all late afternoon and evening. I needed a distraction and am glad to have gotten it, but the heat didn’t make it much fun. Honestly, if I had a place to teach that I knew … Continue reading Cooler weather, but more uncertainty on the teaching front

I can’t English today

4/30/15 Teaching English to beginners will be the death of my vocabulary. Many of the teachers, when having a bad day, say, “I can’t English today.” It’s a joke, since modal verbs like “can” are very tough for non-native speakers. You really don’t see how crazy English is until you try to teach it. There … Continue reading I can’t English today

Teaching is tough work!

February 11, 2015 Monday night I had a full class of Tet anxious youngsters who simply could not stay in their seats. Maddening. Tet is a holiday bigger than Christmas in The States, so it’s all they could think about. Two of them hadn’t even brought a pencil to class, so you know their minds … Continue reading Teaching is tough work!

Power outages and other adventures in teaching ESL

Oct 28, 2014 Was disappointed to find that I had to work Monday (today), but I guess with the Halloween holiday on Friday, everyone has the same day off. I should not complain. The Vietnamese office workers seem to work seven days a week, sometimes a split shift. Brutal! But this morning I woke with … Continue reading Power outages and other adventures in teaching ESL