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Sunday, December 25, 2005


Location: Language School
Students: Grown ups (5 girls, 5 boys)
Grammar Focus: If clause

Me: If I become the president…….
Who wants to talk about the consequences? Any volunteers?
A 25 year old university student with a grin on his face speaking mockingly: If I become the president I will “wipe off” Israel from the map of the world.
I started laughing out loud, so did the rest!
A 50 year old guy: If I become the president, I will give 500$ to every Iranian if they accept me as their president. Another laughter followed then.

A 25 year old girl volunteered to change the subject and I gave her the go ahead.

If I buy a dog,
Another 25 year old girl: If I buy a dog, I might take a walk with the dog.
I started writing the sentence on the board:
If I buy a dog, I might take a walk with ….I turned to her and said” take a walk with Him or Her?”
Others started laughing and she continued” A HIM is better!”
Me: Don’t you think that there are better choices than a dog?
Right there one of the guys said” she is a dangerous girl ’cause she thinks of the males as dogs.”
Me: I really couldn’t help laughing and said:” If you think of yourself as a dog you might get offended and think of her comment as an attack to the male species otherwise that can be considered as an ordinary comment. Right?
The whole class was bursting in laugh for minutes as all these happened within 5 minutes.
I don’t wonder why” Laughter is considered to be the best medicine.”


Blogger Dr O2 said...

yeah, I truely believe in the clause. There is no better moment than the one spent laught from deep inside. :-)

11:43 AM  
Anonymous Farzad said...

A good, real, unrestrained, hearty laugh is a sort of glorified internal massage, performed rapidly and automatically. It manipulates and revitalizes corners and unexplored crannies of the system that are unresponsive to most other exercise methods… Nice post Frank!
- My blog is not around anymore Frank. I’m not writing in it anymore. So it’s gone! Who knows, maybe one day I'll write again.

11:52 PM  
Blogger ardvisura said...

Hi Frank
thanks for your post which is clever like always.
I don't live comments as I can't throughly express myself in english, but I always read your blog and enjoy it.
Just carry on, I really like it, and I bet lots of people think the same.
Love from Mexico

12:26 AM  
Blogger Alireza said...

That is what I enjoy about teaching ans specially language teaching.
good one and have good time:)

2:19 AM  
Anonymous masoud said...

Why people prefer to accompany with pets at these days when mankind has discovered and had a revolution in the life style and technology and science? Do they prefer to be with undeveloped braine owners? I think post modernism will guide mankind toward ancient times.
Laugh:The only difference between Mankind and another bodies.
about ur blog: Really I enjoyed : good posts, nice idea, Iranian and well english knowledge.
I put ur blogs link in my blog.
about dog:

6:46 AM  
Blogger Nazbaroon said...

Via frank,
I'm very much eager to try one of your classes once,ti seems that it's completely different with other closses

2:25 PM  
Anonymous Mohammadreza said...

I sometimes think to myself these kinds of class would be very interesting but when I think of how boring and ... it might be, I change my mind.

4:07 PM  
Blogger Foulla said...

nice one..
happy new year!!

9:35 AM  
Blogger Frank said...

Dr O2:
Me too dear:)

Here in Iran a hearty laughter is a must from time to time otherwise,you wouldn't be around too much;)
Counting the moments for your return buddy,until then cheers:)

Its very kind of you dear.Thanks for your encouraging words:)

Thank you Alireza, you too:)

Though I don't like to keep cats or dogs but, I believe that "civilization" has just overshadowed the inner darkness of human beings.
I will put your link in my blog ASAP.Thanks:)

To be Frank,my class isn't much different with other classes.I SOMETIMES add some spice to my teaching;)

I didn't get your point exactly but,I do my best not to have a boring class.My students are the ones who should "judge."


8:13 AM  
Blogger The Miner said...

Best wishes and have a good time!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Kimia said...

My mother always estimates the level of my general happiness and sadness from my laughter. The sound I make and the subjects that make me laugh :)This also shows the close relation between laughter and health :)

1:09 AM  
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9:25 AM  

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