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How English is Guernsey?

The other day I tweeted “Guernsey is so very English.” Well, I stand corrected. It isn’t English. I learned this when I asked a completely unrelated question in a shop. … Continue reading

August 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

L is for language: teen-speak

  Spending so much time with teenagers, both at home and at work, means that I have to keep up with the constant changes in the language that young people … Continue reading

April 13, 2013 · 2 Comments

I is for immigration

Three of my four grandparents were Ukrainian Jews who immigrated to the US around the turn of the last century. The other one was born in the US, but her … Continue reading

April 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

D is for derivative (literature, not financial instruments!)

Yesterday I asked my graduating students for suggestions as to what books I should or should not assign to next year’s group. In the course of the discussion one of … Continue reading

April 4, 2013 · 3 Comments

It’s all in the wrist

I’ve expressed my doubts about exams before. And here I am, writing this blog entry, as, again, I make my students suffer through an exam. Actually, this isn’t the real … Continue reading

February 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

Chinese Business Opportunities

Here are three hot business opportunities for anyone entrepreneurial enough to take them. I’m not taking them because I’m an idea person, not an entrepreneur. Beds: More and more Western tourists … Continue reading

August 20, 2010 · 1 Comment

Random Notes

 For those of you who might be wondering how we’re doing, I’ll describe a few things that we’ve done or that have happened to us. Accommodations: We pre-booked all of … Continue reading

August 15, 2010 · 1 Comment

English Teaching in Kirundo

Kirundo, Burundi, Thursday, August 6 The level of English, as I’ve already written, varies enormously among the English teachers we’re training (all of the English teachers in Kirundo province, I’m … Continue reading

August 6, 2009 · Leave a comment


Kirundo, Burundi, July 30   We’ve organized our workshops into sets of four or five sessions per workshop. There are four main workshops, and the participants will rotate through all … Continue reading

July 30, 2009 · Leave a comment

Kalashnikovs and Continuing Education

Kirundo, Monday, July 27 I just shook hands with someone who was carrying a Kalashnikov. (To be honest, I don’t really know if it was a Kalashnikov, an AK-47, or … Continue reading

July 27, 2009 · Leave a comment