My students wandered in — late, fewer than usual, not as bright and bouncy as usual, but faithful to their weekly summer English class.
“What are the advantages to working during the summer?”, I asked them, perhaps a little precociously. They looked at me like I was out of my mind, so I explained.
“This is the first time in 15 years I’m working during the summer. As a schoolteacher, I usually have the summer off”. They leant in. I continued.
“So, I was thinking about it the other day and was thinking about what was positive about working while others are on vacation”.
I listed as an example, socializing with colleagues, having fun listening to music or playing games while learning, having an extra reason to get up and get dressed in the morning…
The two answers they gave me were a) money and b) there are no positive sides to working during the summer.
Oh boy! Back to the title of the article: how can grammar improve your summer work experience?
What about a little lesson in modals? Let’s take the three-letter modal: can.
What can you do?
I agree, it’s no fun when you have to pick up after your colleague who’s gone to Italy for two weeks, or have lunch in a cafeteria that’s quieter than usual, or go the coffee machine and realize you’re standing there alone instead of having a great conversation about cars, the kids or your latest purchases at Costco.
But on the other hand, if you look a little closer there may be some perks to working in semi-isolation:
You can concentrate more, you can get to know a new colleague or two you hadn’t noticed before, you can catch up (WOW! Yes!), you can find a new way to do things, you can enjoy your lunch outside, and the list goes on.
What do you think? What do you find you can do during the slower summer months that the frantic pace of the fall-winter season would never allow?
Cheers, and keep learning!