Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The joys of teaching English as a Second Language.

The joys of trying to teach American literature to ESL students. Asking if anyone can guess the meaning of the title in Washington Irving's "The Headless Horseman," ("headless" and "horseman" both being words they don't know although they know the roots and components of these words) and getting two answered that when combined mean "The Stupid Centaur." Hmmmmm . . . someone else has to write that one, I'm afraid. (FYI, we're reading the Classics Illustrated version.) http://www.kelvi.net/books/comics/index.php?album=classics-illustrated%2FRip+Van+Winkle&image=CI012-03.jpg

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