Let’s talk about ‘perfection’. I’ve never understood it and never really understood people who chase it. Does it exist?
Sure it does. Mathematics is perfect. Science is, too (flat-earthers look away now). If you burnt all the books written about those topics and started from scratch, testing and experimenting as you normally do when investigating a hypothesis, you would get the same results you had once lost.
But, can people be perfect? Can the things we want to achieve and ‘do’ in life, like speaking in another language, be perfect?
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This is the question that sends shivers down our spines as teachers and makes us glance back at the board we had written on with sheer panic.
Did we explain a piece of grammar or vocabulary incorrectly?
I have heard this question over the years and it has always resulted in a playful chuckle in the classroom among the students and myself. Recently, I have come to the conclusion that this question always comes from a good place and is not meant to be taken in a malicious way or to challenge the teacher. The student has a perception of an item of grammar or vocab they have acquired elsewhere and a genuine curiosity, and it’s up to me to shed a bit more light on this item of language. I never say that they are wrong. I actively listen to what they have to say, then add my two cents. This type of exchange has not always gone down well with my colleagues, though.
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