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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

future perfect

Here's an excellent example of that devil of the English verb tenses, the Future Perfect:

By this time tomorrow, I will have met all of my classes for the first time.

A great way to take advantage of having native speakers of some foreign language on your faculty at a school in say, the Czech Republic, is to have them preside over one conversation/speaking oriented lesson per week as a complement to students' other foreign language (let's say English) classes that focus perhaps more on grammar, vocabulary, writing and reading and are taught by qualified Czech teachers. This is a sound model. Lots of schools with our situation use it.

So far one downside I see with this is the sheer number of different groups of students we teach. I'm teaching about the same number of hours as last year, but on an each-group-once-a-week schedule, that means Chrissy and I teach 21 different groups of students. Each. That's a lot of record keeping. That's a lot of names and faces to learn. That's 21 repetitions (each) of welcoming speeches and class rules presentations. Between the two of us, this year we'll teach every student in the whole school.

But how cool would it be if they all gave us Christmas presents? Cha-ching.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just like your mother, its only September 12th and Christmas is already on your mind. Wait til she finds out the Christmas Store opened yesterday here in the Mall.

7:35 AM  
Blogger Abbers said...

Dude....... I hope they ALL don't bring baked goods. I might need to get you big pants for Christmas now......
Love you

5:44 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Joel ~ I do remember how you love the future perfect. And yes, you are in trouble with those Christmas cookies.
I miss you, my friend!

2:22 PM  

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