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‘You Begin’ by Margaret Atwood
You begin this way:
this is your hand,
this is your eye,
that is a fish,
blue and flat on the paper,
almost the shape of an eye.
This is your mouth, this is an O
or a moon,
whichever you like. This is yellow.
Outside the window is the rain,
green because it is summer,
and beyond that the trees
and then the world,
which is round and has only
the colors of these nine crayons.
This is the world, which is fuller
and more difficult to learn than I have said.
You are right to smudge it that way
with the red and then
the orange: the world burns.
Once you have learned these words
you will learn that there are more
words than you can ever learn.
The word hand floats above your hand
like a small cloud over a lake.
The word hand anchors
your hand to this table,
your hand is a warm stone
I hold between two words.
This is your hand, these are my hands, this is the world, which is round but not flat and has more colors
than we can see.
It begins, it has an end,
this is what you will
come back to, this is your hand.
Category Archives: ELT Online Newbieness
…Anthony Gaughan asked, in this fascinating post (back in January) on his blog, here: http://teachertrainingunplugged.com/where-are-all-the-unplugged-teacher-trainers It’s an excellent post and the comment thread it sparked off, too, is full of engaged and engaging discussion. Back in February (as I was just beginning … Continue reading
Hello! I’d almost forgotten about this. “This” being sending in a little audio clip of me speaking about how I respond to the odd ‘bad lesson’ as a reflective teacher in ELT. That was last Feb (when I was still … Continue reading
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[I posted the below previously with the second segment containing his reply in a comment. I wanted to get both together in a post though. So here goes…] *Metacognition, before we start, is just a fancy word for ‘knowing that/what you’re … Continue reading
…and by popular, I mean it has a ‘retweet’ + ‘favorite’ sum of above 5! That never happens! ;P
Originally posted on TEFLtastic:
… including things that they can do while and just before speaking, things that they can do while studying on their own, and things they can do with a teacher or conversation partner: 57 ways to…
From itdi.pro…just starting up webinar #2 now on a glorious Sunday morning here in Arlington, Massachusetts.
Can’t embed the video here, but here’s the linky: http://www.merriam-webster.com/video/0054-schwa.html And a screenshot:
Metacognition = just a fancy word for ‘knowing what you’re knowing’ / ‘learning what you’re learning’ I suppose. Jack C. Richards is this week’s Cambridge English Teacher consultant and he’s chatting about teaching grammar. Below is my post to the … Continue reading