This funny and moving memoir interweaves stories of an English teacher’s encounters with his adult students who came to the San Francisco Bay Area from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam to study this “foreign” language.
“Teaching English as a Second Language is a good gig. It’s satisfying to sharpen one’s understanding of a linguistic point and then present it to a class with lucidity and life. But getting that point across is not what this book is about; it is about what happens in the endlessly unpredictable world beside the point—where surprises spring from the quirks of languages (theirs and ours), and, of course, from the quirky humans who speak them.” — from the author’s prologue
Philip O. Chomak was born in Brooklyn, New York and taught English to international students for thirty-eight years, in Oakland, San Rafael, and Berkeley, California. As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Chomak studied story writing with Nobel-Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. He lives with his wife in the Bay Area.
|Publisher:||Louisa Street Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.82(d)|
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Table of Contents
CONTENTS Prologue; Watching the Fish; Jose in Yosemite; From Brazil with Love; The Trouble with Tee Shirts; The Zeal of Zaheen; What's in a Name?; A Little Afternoon Music; La La La; Nothing to Sneeze At; Aye, There's the Rubber; Turkish Delight; The Education of Yaqub; Moi, the Jury; Two by Two; Onions; Wild is the Wind; Realia; Dony and Cony; His Highness; Yukiko's Ears; Cheers?; Twister; It's No Joke; Teacher First; Sneak Previews; Love's Labors; The Tale of the Magical Lampshade; The Green Rabbit; Behind the Veil; The Inadvertent Collaboration of Alberto and Jürg; Duet for Cuatro and Desk; Roll Over, Beethoven; Unthinkable; Strange; Al Dente; Epilogue; Acknowledgments;