Monthly Archives: June 2018

6/20/18 Lesson

Morning Students:

1. Try this error correction exercise. Please, please, please, remember what we learned in class!

Remember the daily homework that we discussed:



Starbucks Gastown: Does anyone care? (Another Starbucks failure)

Okay, quite a few people have said, “Don’t go to Starbucks,” in the context of saving money by making your own coffee, etc.

I think this might be the way to go, moving forward.

No, it’s not about money. As a writer, I need to be in an environment that helps me focus and write. Being at places such as Starbucks has helped in the past. That’s why I keep going back.

After last weekend’s “incident,” however, followed by today’s situation, I might have to re-consider.

Today, I was sitting in the patio area of the Starbucks located in Gastown, in downtown Vancouver. Suddenly, this man was lurking around, looking at the metal rails, eyeballing the rails. It seemed like he had lost something.

I later realized he was some sort of handyman called over by the store. Later, I was rattled by somebody behind me – a guy in Starbucks uniform squatting down on the ground looking at the footing of the rails, apparently. He then got up and was soon joined by a Korean woman who wasn’t in uniform but whom I assumed was an employee. She was on the phone talking to somebody. I thought they – all three of them – had lost something and was looking for it.

But anyway, next thing I knew, the uniformed employee and the Korean woman disappeared, leaving the handyman. He started working on the rails, banging on it as he was working on screwing/unscrewing things. He worked around the entire railings, going from post to post.

Now, during this entire time, none of them had the courtesy or decency to say anything to me or other customers out on the patio, apologizing for (the shaking and the noise of) the rattling of the railings. That, to me, is 100% unacceptable.

If you’re going to be working on the railings and might be banging at stuff and disturbing the customers who are trying to enjoy their beverages or snack items in peace, SAY SOMETHING. Anything. Like, “Sorry for the noise, but we’re…”


There’s Mr. Handyman fixing something on the left of the picture. (By the way, I usually call myself “Kevin” when asked for my name at Starbucks – so that is indeed my drink.)

Yet, none of the three people had the courtesy to say anything.

Does anyone not care about customer service anymore? Or even know what that entails?

6/13/18 Lesson

Morning Students:

Here’s the first part of your test. What would you do? #WWYD. Enjoy!

Here’s some error correction practice. (Note: the focus is correcting the errors; for this exercise, sometimes you will need to add words while other times you will need to re-write the entire sentence.)

6/12/18 Lesson

Morning Students:

1) Click here for today’s video.

2) After watching the video, write a paragraph on the topic on the board.

3) Read these sentences and then follow the instructions given in class.

Somebody has stolen a motorcycle from outside the school. Some kids saw the thief. The police are searching for the motorcycle now. They will use the kids’ description to catch the thief. Hmm… but I wonder if the kids were able to describe the thief well enough. Meanwhile, Lena wonders if those same kids had stolen the motorcycle themselves! Hmm… interesting…

Some people saw a “flying ghost’ in the sky above Ricky’s house last night. They reported it to the cops. The Prime Minister sent a chopper to look at it more closely. Alas, the “flying ghost” shot the chopper down and killed both men in it. People have given photos of the “flying ghost” to the coppers. Experts are looking at them right now. However, Leah believes the “flying ghost” is really just Ricky using strings in the air and pretending to be a ghost. Adam, meanwhile, really believes it is a ghost and is hiding under his bed these days. He doesn’t want the “flying ghost” to catch him!

Our school is organizing a neat event. The teachers will choose the best project about animals and wildlife. The kids must include pictures and drawings in their projects. The kids will also have to do all the writing themselves. The school will give the winner a free box of crayons. Hahaha! That’s not the most exciting present for kids, right?  

Someone broke into a local pet shop yesterday. The owner had just locked up the shop when a robber wearing a mask and carrying a thick knife threatened him. The robber told him to unlock the shop and release all the puppies in the shop. Then, the robber tied him up. The police have organized a search for the robber. Will they find him (or her)? Doctors are treating the owner of the shop for minor injuries. 

OR: Read the rules for an exciting card game.

6/11/18 Lesson

Morning Students:

1) Choose one of the following topics for your adjustment letter: London Drugs or The Flying Pig. Choose only 1 or 2 star comments. Follow my other instructions in class.


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