Classroom Ballet
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Classroom Ballet

I am the ballerina that dances and moves and teaches children English.  The beauty, fluidity, frustration, and inspiration of an entire language flows through me.  A small point on a big space in a big world working to fill young minds with something new.  Dancing on a blank page, I create a lasting mural out … Continue reading

Rantlets #3: Waiguos (外國人), Teachers Conflicted, Spoiled Princes, and Squeaky Shoes.
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Rantlets #3: Waiguos (外國人), Teachers Conflicted, Spoiled Princes, and Squeaky Shoes.

“Waiguoren (wai4guo2ren2/外國人 = ‘foreigner’), waiguoren, waiguoren!” the small purple-shirted child chants while pounding his pudding fists into each other over and over again.  We sit there in the barbecue restaurant (the ubiquitous 熱炒/re4chao3) staring back at that innocent, cherub-faced child and his not so innocent chant.  Eventually, after about a minute, an adult comes over and … Continue reading