Friday, June 26, 2009

A busy man

From an ESL placement test:

“He had 35 children ... I never saw him angry. He spent all his time to educate himself...”

Ummm, no, I don’t quite think so. With 35 kids, he did something other than educating himself!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ethiopian cooking

From a placement test:

Ethiopians have different calander we cellebret new years on Sept 12, every year we are 10 years behind the world. now in Ethiopian callander June 12, 2002. On that day we cook chicken stiw that takes 10 hours of cooking. we eat once in a year. Because it takes a lot of time, it is so delicious, b/c we put a lot of kinds of spicy and flavour. we cooked to gether all of my sisters; B--, L--, L-- & me.

** I hardly know what to say. **

Friday, June 19, 2009

Vague descriptions

A student just came into my office needing a make-up test. After finding out the course level, I asked who her teacher was.
Her response? “The crazy one.”
Curiously, in my world, that description doesn’t always narrow it down quite enough...

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Everyone knows it's Wendy

From an ESL100 essay on recycling --

As we know that there are many source of energy like Wendy, suny, oil but American can help to save the energy by recling too.