Student: Why isn’t the on-line test working, it’s not working right! Me: Did you do the on-line tutorial? Student: Yeah, yeah, and now the test isn’t working! The stupid machine is so old! Me: *checks computer* seems OK. Student: This isn’t working! *using many many words. * Student: *continues to complain* Me: Student, if you… Read More Student So Wise
They are meeting in my computer lab. Very noisy with setting up Robot Wheels. Slinging Shakespeare quotes. “Whether it is better to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune…” “Cry havoc and let slip the hounds of war” “To be or not to be…” for three minutes, by heart. Color me impressed.
Telling an angry or upset person to keep calm has worked approximately zero percent of the time. A line that actually works for me is, “I need you to speak clearly long enough to let me know what’s going on.” It’s amazing how many people are willing to let go of their rage if they… Read More Hi, Angry Student, Calm Down!
Student had a homework question – Agree or Disagree: Generally, men seemed less concerned about building a relationship than women. Student is not a native English speaker. French grammar treats verbs a little differently than English. The man is less concerned than the woman? The woman is less concerned than the man? I am So… Read More So very concerned
Working in the Resource Lab on Friday before the big vacation, and there are 7 students at various levels of English working on their homework for the on-line writing assignments. I love signing off for people who keep working until their work is perfect. Kudos, folks!
Student had to write an essay about something not school-related that he is passionate about. Am I supposed to use personal pronouns in this essay about myself? Oh, the dreaded Personal Pronoun rule. If one is writing about a general topic, then the Point of View should also be general, which means not using personal… Read More Tutor vs The Personal Pronoun Take II
… Write Write Again. (and again and again and again…) One non-native English speaker knew exactly what to say but did not have the vocabulary for it. Neither did Student’s friends, and translate.google.com was not helping much. neravnodushniy = partial What does partial mean? Synonyms are incomplete, fractional favoring one side in a dispute above… Read More If at First You Don’t Succeeed…