Of Superheroes and Principals

Guest Article by Shalene Gupta Johns Hopkins University ETA Shalene Gupta working with students “If your principal was a superhero what would he wear?” I say to a room full of a hundred students I have never met before. I’m leading a writing workshop on the informal essay. I’m on loan from my regular school … Continue reading Of Superheroes and Principals

My, What Sharp Teeth You Have: An Underdog Story

Guest Article by Jordan Holliday University of Chicago "She's 29 year-old womaaan," the troubadour at center stage sang out, his head thrown back and eyes shut, as if in lamentation. "No man wants to take her as his wife, unless he wants a miserable life." The troubador, Fakril, paused for effect—the characters around him on … Continue reading My, What Sharp Teeth You Have: An Underdog Story

Guest Article: Teacher is an Angry Bird: Teaching Primary school in Malaysia

by Nazeeha Jawahir University of Kentucky Siti, Najwa, Anis, and Manisah live just a few hundred meters from the ocean, but they do not know how to swim. Like many students from my school, SK Seberang Takir, they had never even stepped foot inside a swimming pool before.  My time as an ETA has been … Continue reading Guest Article: Teacher is an Angry Bird: Teaching Primary school in Malaysia

Guest Article: Living on Campus as an English Teaching Assistant

by David Peterson University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill I wake each morning at the sound of the azan, the Muslim call to prayer. The call comes not from the local mosque, but from the surau, or prayer room, on the school campus. The voice delivering the call is not a religious official or teacher, … Continue reading Guest Article: Living on Campus as an English Teaching Assistant