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07:54 am: Next stop: exams
Friday was spent getting the first and second year students to good stopping places in the textbooks before the exams start next week. Overall, it went decently smoothly, for mostly textbook work. I did have one small gripe, but I'll hide it behind a cut because it really is pretty minor.

The teacher who has caused most of my frustrations whispered to me at the end of one class that another English teacher at the school is teaching the students incorrect pronunciations. He went on about this, giving several examples. My response was simply to go, "Hmm..." though inside I was thinking...
  • You, of all people, should not be throwing stones about someone else's pronunciation.
  • The pronunciation problems you listed (saying "have to" with a "v" sound instead of "f," or pronouncing "of course" as "off course") are hardly enough to get upset over.
  • Even if they were serious errors, why tell me? You are talking about a teacher with whom I never work. There is absolutely nothing for me to do about it.

    I don't know what prompted him to do this out of the blue, but it made me feel rather annoyed for a while afterward.

    Since I'm talking about textbooks, I thought I should provide this illustration. This is a stack of the textbooks I use for five different classes. As you can see from the ruler next to the stack, all of them together are only about two inches high. The thickest book in the stack is Open Sesame, the one book that I brought from the US. Imagine if American high school textbooks were this thin and portable...

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    Date:September 10th, 2004 04:38 pm (UTC)
    Yeah...the books that are huge and enormous and heavy...and full of all sorts of unnecessary images and white space...they make me cranky.
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    Date:September 10th, 2004 06:56 pm (UTC)
    Who pronounces the v in "have to"? I sure don't. Also, I am 100% certain that it will sound better for a Japanese person to say "haff" rather than to force themselves to try and say the v sound, which most of them can't do anyway.

    I had a real good time on Thursday, trying to get my students to say "travel" and not "trouble." A lot of people make a big deal about the l/r thing, but I think the v/b is worse.
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