Substitute Teacher

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Substitute Teacher

Postby Caleb » 21 Nov 2013, 05:00

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Re: Substitute Teacher

Postby Gavin » 21 Nov 2013, 13:15

Highly amusing :)
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Re: Substitute Teacher

Postby Jonathan » 21 Nov 2013, 16:04

Was this an autobiographical post, Caleb? :)
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Re: Substitute Teacher

Postby Caleb » 21 Nov 2013, 22:29

Fortunately not, at least not now. People in Taiwan typically take English names. Why, I have no idea. In my entire time here, I have only had two students who used their Chinese names, which I have never had a problem using. Some Taiwanese people choose ridiculous non-names for names (that could be a whole post in itself, e.g. Smile, Metal, Monkey, and my personal favourite, Full Body Power), but I don't allow those in my classes and insist they either change them to something reasonable or use their Chinese name. If necessary, I offer them something that sounds vaguely like their Chinese name, so I have a few somewhat obscure names now such as Isadore or Ingrid. Most Chinese, though, choose (or are given by their other teachers) pretty non-descript names. I swear every single class I teach has an Eva, Tina or Amy, or a Kevin, Joe, Henry or Leo, sometimes all of those, and sometimes multiples. The girls are really big on Sandy, Sally, Sherry, Cherry, Candy. Pretty much anything with an S or C at the start, and particularly a Y at the end, is big here. It's because they don't end words in consonants, other than N or NG, in Chinese.

As for when I was teaching in the West, at bad schools there was plenty of this At the good schools, there were lots of kids named Tom, Will, Katie, Emma, etc. (there are some wealthy people who go for somewhat pretentious names such as Fleur or Piers, the best being Cornelia or Honoria -- but many go for ultra-prosaic Anglo names). Of course, there were "ethnic" names too, but those people were actually ethnic, so the names aren't just ebonics names or pronunciations.
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Re: Substitute Teacher

Postby Caleb » 21 Nov 2013, 22:30

There is a third part (the second one is unrelated and not very good):

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Re: Substitute Teacher

Postby Gavin » 22 Nov 2013, 00:11

"I'm lovin' it"!

But concerned that nobody has perused the Gizoogle article yet!
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