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artemisia



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hee, hee. Graded peeves, eh? Razz

Very well, here's another. Relieving teachers who nod irritatedly that yes, they know that book, those materials etc., and then feel the need to give you a rundown on how long they've been teaching (relieving?) and how experienced they are (all because you asked if they're familiar with a particular book). Then you try and outline a few things that need to be concentrated on and get constant interruptions of 'Yes, yes, yes, I know'.

I could accept this more graciously if I didn't pretty much always have to redo what they've (not) done.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 20, 2011 9:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm tired of those posters who ask the same question---usually about pay/how to get a job in X country---throughout the various job discussion forums. Keep it in one region! Better yet, take advantage of the search function first! (Whew! Good to get that off my chest.)
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Insubordination



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PostPosted: Sun Aug 21, 2011 3:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Students who ask, "How long will it take to learn English?" I usually say 686 days, just to watch their reaction.
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ancient_dweller



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 22, 2011 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Students who ask, "How long will it take to learn English?" I usually say 686 days, just to watch their reaction.


Will definitely use that one.

btw, do they usually ask this question in English? Razz
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illeanasky



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 8:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like to give my students "real time" English so I usually take them shopping or to a restaurant (with the parent's approval).

In the restaurant the students will ask me, "teacher where is my order??"" I reply: I don't work here, so ask the man.

Or some students will ask me how they should eat their hamburger?? I tell themto bend their elbows and open their mouths.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Insubordination,

You might want to make it 686 days, 6 hours, 47 minutes and 34 seconds - just to gild the lily Very Happy

Regards,
John
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
Very well, here's another. Relieving teachers who nod irritatedly that yes, they know that book, those materials etc., and then feel the need to give you a rundown on how long they've been teaching (relieving?) and how experienced they are (all because you asked if they're familiar with a particular book). Then you try and outline a few things that need to be concentrated on and get constant interruptions of 'Yes, yes, yes, I know'.

I could accept this more graciously if I didn't pretty much always have to redo what they've (not) done.



I'm team-teaching (this week only, thankfully) with a 'senior' teacher who has achieved that high status solely through seniority (not qualifications). The hash he made of my materials, which was a lesson on enriched descriptions the students had been looking forward to was really sad. He somehow managed to turn a lesson that was designed for the students to produce two different types of descriptions into a reading lesson in which every single new word was defined at length and written out on the board (by him). Students felt overwhelmed by vocab and unable to apply any of it to their own texts (which there was no time left to produce anyway).

Sigh.
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sheikh radlinrol



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 3:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My pet peeve is Spanish nationals who teach English. I don´t like being contradicted by these people. If you know the sex of your pet then you CAN use he or she when referring to it. It is NOT obligatory to answer a why question with because. On a Monday you tell your teacher I SAW a good film at the weekend, NOT I have seen a good film. The expression GET HET UP does exist in English and HAVE GOT is acceptable.
Do native speakers face the same problem in other countries? I don´t remember it annoying me in the Gulf.
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a serious peeve. Bonus points awarded.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear sheikh,

"On a Monday you tell your teacher I SAW a good film at the weekend . . ."

No, no, sheikh - you saw a good film ON the weekend. Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

Regards,
John
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Johnslat

That would be 'movie' to you!

S
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Sasha,

Actually, it would be "flick" (as in "chick flick.") Very Happy

Regards,
John
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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dear Johnslat

Yes, but I think the 'the flicks' is a UK colloquialism, is it not?

S
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lydia.bainbridge



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:25 pm    Post subject: Pet Peeves Reply with quote

What I found written on the board by a Rwandese Englsih teacher to illustrate past perfect progressive, passive voice (which of course we all use abundantly):

He had been reading the book.

The book had been being read by him.

Shocked
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sheikh radlinrol



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 09, 2011 3:54 pm    Post subject: Re: Pet Peeves Reply with quote

lydia.bainbridge wrote:
What I found written on the board by a Rwandese Englsih teacher to illustrate past perfect progressive, passive voice (which of course we all use abundantly):

He had been reading the book.

The book had been being read by him.

Shocked

Lydia, You say that every day, don´t you? Smile Here in Spain, some students were asked, in an exam, to change ¨I ate my breakfast´´ to ¨My breakfast was eaten by me¨ Mr Slat can say what he likes about at the weekend but my Spanish students always prefer the real (UK) version. ¨Los norteamericanos speak bad, no?¨ I tell them that Obama speaks nice English.
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