Saturday, March 11, 2006


My first job was in an orange juice factory, but I got canned,.....couldn't concentrate.
Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn't hack it, so they gave me the chop.
After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn't suited for it.....mainly because it was a pretty so-so job.
Next I tried working in a muffler factory, but it was too exhausting.
I tried to be a chef - figured it would add a little spice to my life - but I just didn't have the thyme.
My best job was being a musician, but I found I wasn't noteworthy.
I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I just didn't have enough patience.
Next was a job in a shoe factory; I tried, but I just didn't fit in.
I went out on the trawlers, but discovered I couldn't live on my net income.
After many years of trying to find steady work, I finally got a job as a historian, until I realised there was no future in it.
My last job was working in a coffee shop, but I had to quit because it was always the same old grind.
So I retired and find I do the job to perfection.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Using blogs in English teaching

You can read a lot of articles on this subject, but if you want to see a real live project, have a look at this link. This is a class blog with instuctions from the teacher and in the side column you can click on the individual student blogs. The teacher is Jane Petring from Canada who was one of the moderators of Blog06, the online course I "attended". Feel free to leave comments on the student blogs, they would like that Jane told me.

what is the difference between this blog and our list

I am curious to see how our blog develops and what the content of it will be. Many blogs serve the purpose of a sort of online-diary or journal. Personal experiences play a large role. I think the blog is a place for story telling, whether in the form of an anecdote or a little longer text, a place for musing out loud. It is a "slower" medium than the ELTAF_ML list and allows us to weave a tapestry of comments.

As a "treat" to myself, I am tutoring a high-school student who just wants a regular opportunity to speak English, and read interesting or challenging English stories and texts. It is fun to share her enthusiasm for reading. Today we started the abridged version of "I know why the caged bird sings" by Maya Angelou. Since I grew up in the south of the USA I remember some of the atmosphere that Angelou describes.

I'd like to know if there is anything in your teaching that you experience as refreshing or as a treat.

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Thanks for the invitation. I think ELTAFOLK is a great, simple idea for us non teccies.

The mailing list is great. We all receive regular communication from the list in our e-mail in tray. With the blog however, we choose when we enter and it therefore has a less urgent feel to it and might therefore lead to a different form of communication.

As ELTAFOLK provides a complete chronological record of contributions, it will be interesting to see how it develops.

For example, I'd like to see it used for contibutions such as:

"I had a really successful lesson went like this..."

What about piloting this with a wider sample of members to see what they'd like to use it for?