one really cool thing about working ESL is the high entertainment value of your students’ mistakes. tonight erin and i grabbed a pile of uncorrected papers and headed down to the noodle joint for a working dinner session. the intent was to talk some shop and do some grading over oolong tea and chinese-style ramen; and to be fair, some of that did get done. but we kept getting diverted, interrupting each other every so often to read out some of the funnier sentences and have a mutual crack-up. guilty pleasure, to be sure, but good times nonetheless.
my current favorite, from one of erin’s kids, trying to give a reason why he prefers one type of cookie over another–
“Is not a hand stained when I disintegrate?”