Number one for English language teachers

Anecdote: A punishing lesson

Type: Anecdote

A clever comeback causes histerics in Lynne Pereira's class

I was teaching a proficiency class a few years ago in London. They were a marvellous group apart from one thing: almost all of them said, 'What means...?' instead of, 'What does ...mean?' I felt I had to do something, but nothing seemed to work.

One day, after hearing the mistake yet again, I said in desperation, 'If I hear 'What means?' again, I really will have to punish you all!'

Almost immediately a voice piped up, 'What means will you use to punish us, Lynne?'

I laughed so much and have never forgotten that very clever retort! It worked, too. I never heard the mistake from that class again.

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