“Writing tasks were monsters who often invaded my nightmares. English is not our mother tongue, so, despite their best intentions, my parents could not help me directly. It was in Year 7 that I decided to confront these monsters and defeat them.” (Habiba, Year 8, ESL).
“Miss, please do not ask us to write,” a chorus lobbied, as I stepped into the classroom and settled the pile of checked note books on the teacher’s desk. These were the voices of Year 7A, definitely the best group of students I have met in the 5 years of my teaching career.
“So, Laila. What would you like to do”? Asked Mr. Sabry, Laila’s uncle. “Do about what”? Laila replied with a question, not intending to be impolite. “In career. Now that you are in Grade 9 or is it 10? What would you like to do? Clarified Mr. Sabry, trying to continue the conversation with the […]
As a young child I loved comics. Who doesn’t?! Back then, at my home, reading comics was a risky business; successful completion of a comic-book was no less than a thrilling heist. My erudite father, a master’s in English literature, would permit nothing less than the classics: a Dickens or a Tolstoy. And if you […]
It had been a lazy summer vacation for Mostafa. Boring rather. 9 weeks were too long for the 11 year old. Mostafa always found it rather difficult to find common ground with his classmates – he was not into football and the boys did not talk about anything else. He did not fancy shared excitement […]