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Dr Rusher in Russia

12/02/2012 12:01
Dr Rusher in Rusher   The pitfalls of being an English language teacher are many and varied. Take my wife, for example; people seem to. On my passport, it says ‘single’. However, among the first words the director of a Rushon branch of Language Wank, London, said to me, when I arrived in...

Serious in Syria

12/02/2012 11:57
Serious in Syria   Noticeable to an EFL teacher in Syria in 2003 was the ubiquitous mien of President Bashar Al Assad. It`s an ambivalent ambiguous depiction of the country`s head of government that gazes down upon you at every turn. From giant billboards overlooking highways and pedestrian...

Curia utca and Curia utca

12/02/2012 11:50
 Curia utca and Curia utca   `Curioser and Curioser` the white rabbit from Lewis Carroll`s Alice In Wonderland (1865) might have said, when he saw the street sign, `Curia utca`, in downtown Buttapes. Curia utca is the street where curios can be bought (utca means `street` for Hungriuns)...

Is Ted Knacky Coccus Really Ted?

07/02/2012 11:46
Is Ted Knacky Coccus Really Ted?   The ELT master of gnomic utterances, cursing subvocally, saw the fourteenth stud`nt out of eighteen go off in the direction of their avowed destination, the toilet, and wondered how he`d been Skyped into this. Recruiter, Jim Pederathty of Thki Rocketing,...

Putting One`s Feet Up Without A Permit

07/02/2012 11:41
Putting One`s Feet Up Without A Permit   Fifteen years as an English language teacher and you would expect some reward, wouldn’t you? In 2000, after five years of teaching, I’d amassed the princely sum of €12,000. Largely thanks to a year spent in Dalek, Pseudi Yarubeer, being bussed from work...

The Secret Life of an English Language Teacher

07/02/2012 03:29
The Secret Life of an English Language Teacher   The mind of an English language teacher is a curious place. `None curiouser,` as the protagonist of Lewis Carroll`s Alice In Wonderland (1865) might have said to the Dormouse floating amongst the teabags in the pot. Spending most of my classroom...

The Requirements for an English Language Teacher Teaching Overseas

07/02/2012 03:23
The Requirements for an English Language Teacher Teaching Overseas   By way of a salutary warning to those seeking to take up the cudgels and belabor the sensibilities of those who seek to greet you in your own language, after fifteen years one gets some idea of the parameters of one`s prison...

The Further Adventures of Dr Rusher

07/02/2012 03:20
The Further Adventures of Dr Rusher   The quest for giving students marks for nothing at all goes on apace. The good doctor is now firmly esconced with the Jizzy Ra International Academy of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, where candidates are greeted with the legend on framed vellum parchment ten feet...

Start Talking Sense

07/02/2012 03:15
Start Talking Sense   In language teaching in the Muddle East talking about religion, sex, and politics is taboo. Although the UK is more repressed in some ways, the difference is that the Yarubeans are prudish, whereas the English are prurient, for example, Esther Rantzen waving a potato...

Rhino Mud Baloons

07/02/2012 03:05
Rhino Mud Balloons   Surfing the net one day, I came across an ad for someone to work in Jakarta, Indonesia, for 11,000,000 RP a month. The name of the language skull’s blokie was English and they wanted a `native English speaker`; presumably from Australia or Canada was my guess. Someone...
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