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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: w/ Photos, too! Newbieness
This one is from TP Feedback just now. Emergent stuff, during discussion of a case of a listening task that was well below optimal…doability (that’s a technical term in my book!). We talked about ways to reduce ‘task complexity‘ for these pre-intermediate … Continue reading
Trainer-in-training course: CHECK! First full-time course as ACT: CHECK! Second full-time course as ACT: CHECK! Time yet ’till I’m an MCT on a course: CHECK! First P/T (extensive) course: CHE-…aAahhHhhhHh!!!!!! I feel like I’m driving up on curbs and grinding … Continue reading
Input sessions GALORE!!! Whew… I’m knackered!
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” 🙂
This is what I try do before I ever tell a trainee something is right or wrong… Because: They’ll report their reasoning, perhaps reflecting on it in the process, objectifying it, likely modifying it, maybe negotiating it as they reconstruct it … Continue reading
The ‘Focus of the Feedback’ list (see pic post below) we give CELTA trainees helps them visualize ‘the build’ and frame the types of things we’re focusing on as we expect them to process and performative more and more as … Continue reading
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
Of the 600+ tweets I’ve tweeted this one is my favorite. By a long shot.