“Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.”
– C.S. Lewis
“And TEFLers have the sort that often borders on hysteria.”
- – tefl-lifestyle.com
Humour and the TEFL Lifestyle
Well, to be accurate, the TEFL lifestyle didn’t suddenly become silly – it has always had elements which were daft to the point of surreal – expectations which include teaching classes of really mixed ability groups (with some students who don’t even know how to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in English and others who, embarrassingly, speak it better than you do), organising ‘workshops’ for a hoard of hyper-active kiddos without so much as a finger puppet in the way of materials, and – true story this one – teaching literature in a department which has no actual books whatsoever. Yeah, you gotta laugh.
A Healthy Dose of Daftness
So, no excuses and no justifications for a little corner of the site dedicated to a bit of nonsense. Money may make the world go round, but a dose of daftness can keep you sane. Well, semi-sane, at least.
Click on the image above or the link below to hop to a page of memes dedicated to the TEFL lifestyle, some choice excerpts from that classic of English language teaching, “Mastering the Idiosyncrasies of the Syntax, Grammar and Idioms of the English Language By Means Of Illustrated Tales Demonstrating the Functions Thereof for Continentals and Other Persons of the Foreign Persuasion”, and any other
nonsense examples of our razor-sharp wit which might occur to us.
Yes, I could do with a smile, and I’ll even settle for a wry one, but if it isn’t even slightly amusing, you’ll be hearing from my lawyers in the morning.