Situation: An ESL student from China tells on another student for using an iPod during class. The results will cause dramatic economic events in the future, promising to affect trade relations between the two super powers. ESL Student: She’s playing … Continue reading
Situation: ESL student from China can’t read the whiteboard, so steps forward. He walks around behind a popular female upper classmen he’s known for two days and speaketh insulteth. ESL Student: Come on. Move up. You’re not that fat. Canadian Debutante: … Continue reading
Situation: Discussing famous authors and banned or challenged books. Student 1: Of Mice and Men was so sad! Student 2: Why? Did the mouse die? Student 1: There was no mouse! Student 2: I didn’t know. I have that book … Continue reading
Situation: Asking freshmen to write a narrative essay based on a personal coming of age story. Teacher: All right. What is another way of saying this? (writes on the board) “Looking at the big picture!” Student 1: Glancing at the … Continue reading
Situation: Eating lunch with faculty and students discussing an upcoming due date for mother and father. The discussion turns to homebirth and midwifery, the preferred choice of the couple’s birthing process. Student 1: I want to be born at home.
Situation: Instructor teaching grammar lessons when interrupted. Student 1: All of this grammar reminds me of the special STAR tests we had to take in California. Student 2: What are STAR tests? Student 1: They’re tests to see if you’re … Continue reading
Situation: Discussing a teacher’s birth of an expected daughter. Student: I’d be like, “You’re not coming out until you got a job!!”