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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: Fun n’ Funny Newbieness
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From a recent TP class…grammar: if only/I should have/I regret (not) ___ etc…in which learners ultimately imagined the deathbed regrets of famous people… My favorite: “I should have done my work more violently” 🙂
Doing a CELTA and diving into the world of ESL/EFL teaching abroad (or at home) is quite an adventure. It’s impossible to know just what’s in store until it arrives – and that’s a great part of the appeal. Very … Continue reading
#ELTontheMTA @MBTA Beantown … Seeing lang. learning 2 ways: as slow mechanical elevator or sky flying bird #both pic.twitter.com/KPBOWUbJP8 — Newbie CELTA Trainer (@NewbieCELTA) March 23, 2014
Readers of my blog may wonder what’s going on in the realm of the central topic/animus of this blog, the CELTA course. I’ve been posting these #ELTontheMTA things and such. What of the ‘newbie’s diary’? Well, it’s actually on the … Continue reading
Seen at Staples: a nice speaker for ESL classroom use. I’d stick it right onto the whiteboard (there’s a big rubber suction cup on the back). I already use a small portable Bluetooth speaker for playing various audio (inc. coursebook … Continue reading
“Problems that remain persistently insoluble should always be suspected as questions asked in the wrong way.” – Alan Watts That thought resonates with me as I think about my own humble and stumbling development as a teacher. After banging my … Continue reading
Just for laughs… “CELTA Without Tears” (here), an excerpt: You glance around the room. There are keen students fresh from university, writing everything down. There are a few people like you: discontented bank clerks, bankrupt businessmen, discharged soldiers, bored librarians, … Continue reading