Feels like forever since I’ve been to ESL, though it’s probably only been a month. Tonight I walked the students (we had 2) through words for occupations. We worked on pronunciation and memory mostly, but also discussed differences between related terms, and “political correctness” in others. So we looked at:
- the similarities and differences between “scientist” and “engineer” in all their various manifestations.
- the overlapping usage of “educator”, “teacher” and “professor”
- the use of endings to differentiate gender in “actor”/”actress” and “waiter”/”waitress”
- the gender specificity of “housewife” and the somewhat laughable phrase “domestic engineer”
- the overridden behavior of “secretary” and the relationship to “administrative assistant”
- with the students being highly inquisitive about our culture (and unfamiliar due to the lack of a jury system in their own countries), we spent a large amount of time at the end talking about the roles of “lawyer”, “judge” and “juror”
I always enjoy teaching ESL. The students are polite, thankful, and attentive. Either that, or they just don’t know how to express their disdain for our efforts. But I’m going with the first option.