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A Year of Living Positively-Day 273

That graduate class went well after all. The two presentations were pretty good, and I rated them at 90% and 95%. Now, with only four students, I’ll have them do two presentations each during this course. The quiz was presented. It consisted of six questions for which short answers were to be given. I’ve looked at the answers and have found that the writing is pretty bad, so much so that it is hard to understand them. However, the main thing is that they accept the syllabus in general, and my intention to assess understanding and reflection.

One participant in particular seems to have a hard time with writing and she has been demonstrating poor comprehension of English. How do such people get through the system? I guess it is by memorizing and strategizing for quantifiable tests such as multiple choice, gap-fill and match type questions. Also, she has strong basic speech skills, until it comes to explaining complex ideas. Her presentation, the first given last week, was pretty bad.
Today I was somewhat dull in the skull. For instance, I went to the wrong classroom and hunted around the building for the correct one only to find that I was an hour early. There’s another anecdote for “Confessions of a Klutz”, eh? I also made stupid blunders in the Korean class. I guess I was more tired that I realized from the shorter than desired sleeps after teaching evening classes three nights in a row.

I anticipate a very busy upcoming week. On Saturday, there is the membership meeting of the local KOTESOL Chapter for which I am responsible and therefore must attend. The group usually wants to go out for dinner right after the meeting, which means getting home no sooner than nine o’clock. Since I would like to join C on his excursion for a five-hour walk by the water outside the city, a trip that would take up most of my Sunday, I’d like to make excuses and go home right after the meeting on Saturday. Then the work week looks hectic. I have two medical appointments. One is the annual physical check-up that is required, and the best time for it is Monday morning. I’ll have to stop eating as of dinner time on Sunday for that testing by the way. The other medical thing is the regular thyroid condition check-up on Thursday. Then there is the extra activity of attending the composition teachers’ group discussion on Wednesday morning. Further to that, there is the second to last Korean class of the course on Tuesday. Two more such classes to go! As well, there will be some marking to do, as the conversation classes will all be doing their first quiz of the semester that week. Of course, I also want to squeeze in at least two work-outs, in addition to a walk on Sunday. (My regime is three period of strenuous exercise a week.) All in all, it will be a challenge to keep up with all my commitments and this full schedule.

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