Category Archives: refugees

The Word “Purple” is a Problem

THE WORD ‘purple’ turns out to be a problem. For two years, I’ve watched as students from just about every language group struggle to pronounce it. I have the same problem with the name of the actor Daniel Oyelowo.* We … Continue reading

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Snippets from ESL Class

When the young mother from Syria learns the word ‘scarf’ becomes ‘scarves’ when made plural, it’s like she’s discovered gold, she’s so delighted. This small thing. It turned colder on Monday. I took the last of the collected scarves, gloves, … Continue reading

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Discovering Where I Fit

Today I go to English class and find out how students are faring after news of the new President’s executive order about refugees. Two weeks ago it was the Cubans who were under a cloud of overwhelming sadness. Today it … Continue reading

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