Night after night, I see you coming to class.
You come right after work, on the Skytrain and on the bus. You
haven’t seen your family since you left for work at 7 am. You
haven’t eaten your supper yet. You work hard.
I know you work hard because I watch you
struggle with English grammar rules that make no sense. I see
your face fall when you get your paragraph back and it looks
like it has been in a serious accident. There are red
corrections on every line. Yet you persevere.
I know you work hard because sometimes you fall
asleep in class. Embarrassment and shame line your face when
you wake up. Sometimes you leave class early because your body
and mind are overworked. “Sufficient rest” is not yet in your
I know you work hard because you are very
grateful for help I provide. You tell me how difficult is for
you to make time to work on your Language Exercise Book
lessons. Yet most nights, you have completed your homework.
When you are asked to discuss your writing or a
story with a partner, your English speaking becomes more
fluent. The smiles, laughter and enthusiasm that you bring to
the task shift the energy in the classroom. The whole room
becomes alive because you work hard.
You are my students at PALC. I applaud the
strength, motivation, and endurance that you bring to class to
conquer and run with the English language.
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