Something I thought about:

  • I have two things circling around in my mind this week: verb tenses and communities of practice. They are somewhat related! I’ve had to do a lot of language analysis this week at a depth that I’ve never encountered before either in school or in foreign language courses. We’ve studied verb tenses and moods, of course, but not in a particularly fine-grained way (except for the subjunctive in French because that tends to be unintuitive for English speakers). In poetry school, we talked about syntax a lot, and I became a bit obsessed with it. Now I’m feeling similarly about verb forms and moods. I was also catching up with a friend who’s a painter this week, which made me miss the constant exchanges that I had in Cambridge with other writers, artists, and makers of various sorts. I want to creatively geek out again by diving headfirst into these weird little obsessions and bonding with folks who have their own pursuits and practices.

Something I did:

  • Stayed up really late working on language analyses.
  • Became a bit obsessed with verbs.
  • Started CELTA Stage 3 and switched learner levels.
  • Figured out how to make all of these frameworks and procedures my own — the process clicked this week.
  • Finished all of the self-study and observations. It felt really good to complete one part of the course.

Something I read:

  • Several chapters of Learner English by Michael Swan and Bernard Smith