Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Welcome Back - Spring 2010

Once again I am working the Welcome Back table in the lobby of our building for two hours each day for the first three days of the quarter. Most of the questions are the usual (below), with the following as the winner to date (and quite possibly the winner EVER) --

"If I get on the elevator and I want to go up, what button do I push?"

As far as the other questions, here's how they sort out so far (after 2 days):

  • Where is the Noncredit Registration Office? 3 (It opens onto the lobby and has orange letters a foot tall above the door to identify it.)
  • Where is Room ##? / What floor is Room ## on? How do I get to Room ##? 109
  • Is there a student computer lab in this building? 3 (Answer = no.)
  • How do I get a temporary parking pass? 5
  • How do I get a student ID? 1
  • Where can I buy ... books / calculator...? 1
  • Where is a vending machine? 1
  • How do I get to the basement? 1
  • Where is the restroom? 6
  • Can you check my schedule for what room I'm supposed to go to? 7
Not bad so far.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

The homewrecking otter

From a placement test essay:

"... this can lead to a broken home. That is, when one parter realise that the otter is cheating it deters the heart and if one is not strong enough this can lead to a divoce."

Favorite recipe (from a placement test essay)

"First thing cook some rice then spoil some yogurt after that cook some chicken or meat."

I don't think I ever saw directions quite like that in "Joy of Cooking".

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Coffee or tea?

This morning one of my instructors ("D.") walked into my office with a story about today's lesson in his class, which happened to be adverbs of frequency -- always,never, usually, etc.

D. asked each student, "What do you always do in the morning?"

One student responded, "I always drink tea in the morning."

The next one also said, "I always drink tea in the morning."

Now, there's always the chance in drills like this that a student is just imitating the successful response of the previous student rather than giving a meaningful answer, so D. decided to probe.

"You always drink tea?" he asked. "You don't drink coffee?"

The student was very sure of his reply. "I always drink tea," he said. "I never drink coffee. Gives me gas."