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(Scene: between classes. Evenshine is pouring herself her second cup of coffee as classes let out and students change rooms. Enter, stage right, Adult English Grad Student- AEGS, who explodes from a room where she just finished teaching a grammar ESL lab, … Continue reading

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And the dog ate my homework

By FAR the best excuse for missing class I’ve seen so far in my professional career, received from a student in one of my grammar classes:     Yes, that’s Al Gaddafi. And on Eid-al Fitr! Think of the party! … Continue reading

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Dear Xinyue

My humblest apologies, dear Xinyue. I will never quite manage the linguistic circus that is your name. For this poor, unworldly American, your name is a land unknown, with pitfalls and misunderstandings whenever I open my mouth. Where I come … Continue reading

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