Beside the Point: Close Encounters in the Global Classroom

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In this funny and moving memoir, an English teacher interweaves stories of his encounters with adult students who came to the San Francisco Bay Area from Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Peru, Qatar, Romania, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tibet, Turkey, Venezuela, and Vietnam to study this "foreign" language.

"Teaching English as a Second Language is a good gig. It's satisfying to sharpen one's understanding of a linguistic point and then present it to a class with lucidity and life. But getting that point across is not what this book is about; it is about what happens in the endlessly unpredictable world beside the point--where surprises spring from the quirks of languages (theirs and ours) and, of course, from the quirky humans who speak them."
                                                                    -from the author's prologue

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Philip O. Chomak was born in Brooklyn, New York and taught English to international students for thirty-eight years, in Oakland, San Rafael, and Berkeley, California. As a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, Chomak studied story writing with Nobel-Prize-winning author Isaac Bashevis Singer. He lives with his wife in the Bay area.

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"In this entertaining and enlightening book, Philip Chomak shares with humor and insight the many things that went on in his English-as-a-Second-Language classroom that are, strictly speaking, "beside the point" but, nonetheless, central to the human experience. While it's obvious that teachers of English as well as non-native English speaking students will be attracted to the book, it will also captivate anyone who is interested in people, what makes us different, and what makes us all the same." Ross E. Mitchell "Beside the Point is a delightful read for anyone who is a teacher, knows a teacher, or lives on this planet. Chock full of rich descriptions of experiences gleaned from his years as an ESL teacher, the subject matter in this memoir varies from humorous to thoughtful to a bit scary. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys interesting stories and has a sense of humor. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended. This teacher gets an A+." Deborah Greenberg "This book is so much fun that I had to force myself to put it down frequently so as to savor and prolong the joy of reading it. Very clever, funny, yet serious, genuine, well-written and smart. Philip Chomak runs the spectrum of human interactions. From laughing out loud to deep contemplation of culture differences bridged by personal friendships forged in the classroom. Brilliant. Thought-provoking." Glen Petersen "In this readable and insightful book, Philip Chomak provides numerous moments of human comedy that any teacher will recognize, incidents that lead a teacher to laugh about a misunderstanding with a student, not at the student. These seem to have occurred more frequently in his classroom than most, as he was teaching English to adult international students. But the lessons he highlights are universal and important, because they help us understand how empathy is an essential tool for building bridges across cultures and generations. This is not only an ideal book for language instructors and those who teach cross-cultural communication. BESIDE the POINT is a book for all teachers." Philip Brenner "This book is a joy--witty, tender, wry and full of poignant stories. I doled the chapters out like chocolates. I really enjoyed it and recommend it highly." Barbara Allcox "Beside The Point by Philip O. Chomak is a book of many vignettes. These true-to-life stories are humorous and amusing. You will want to read them all in one sitting for one is more tantalizing than the next one. An excellent book to give as a present, it does not lecture but entertains." Louis de Groot

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