Tutoring English, you encounter poems and songs. The tutor comments about one with which he’s gotten reacquainted. Alanis Morisette’s album Jagged Little Pill yields numerous good songs, among them You Learn. Back in the late nineties, I liked You Learn, …

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The tutor shares a term he discovered in the dictionary. Kabloona is an Inuit term referring to a non-Inuit; the term particularly suggests a white person. It has been used to describe white people present to do specific functions: police, …

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The tutor continues his probe of the popular Hardy Boys mystery series. Back on Jan 19, I began about the Hardy Boys. I’ve not stopped reading them to my kids, now 11 and 13. In fact, we just finished Mystery …

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The tutor offers more reflections about his past experiences with Canadian weather. Here on the west coast today, it’s 8°C; we’re under a rainfall warning.  Subtropical air filled with moisture is sweeping over us; it’s typical west coast winter weather. …

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Tutoring social studies, questions come to mind that aren’t necessarily discussed every day.  The tutor focuses on a central question about the Canadian identity. To a Canadian anglophone, the “other world” of Quebec is intriguing.  Anyone who’s been there knows …

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