Mostly True Memoirs

A Bad Idea for a Lesson Plan

When your English Language lesson plan is prepared by a non-native speaker…

Today’s idioms were

“Don’t quit your day job”


“When pigs fly.”


Not only did I have to teach what these expressions mean,

I had to warn them not to say these things because they are insults.

In other words, it was a wasted class session.

These expressions are very nuanced.

Nuance is an advanced concept.

Today’s students were beginners.

I sure hope they don’t come back to class tomorrow with a black eye.


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