Onward and Upward|“What is the most disgusting habit some people have?”

我其中一個英文寫作教學方法是在學生前演示寫作:學生隨便給我一個題目,我即場從零開始寫一篇關於該題材的文章。這種教學方式的好處是,我可以邊寫邊講述每個寫作決定背後的邏輯,學生觀察我的各種即場反應後,能更透徹理解各種寫作技巧。經過一段時間(通常3-6個月),我就能開始在學生的寫作看到我寫作的影子 (https://michellengwritings.com/what-my-clients-say/ )。

過去一周一個學生給了我這個題目:“What is the most disgusting habit some people have?” 我得到這個題目很開心,因這是演示我的descriptive skills的機會。下面是我當天寫的文章,值得注意的是,雖然文章的結構是很多香港學校教的five paragraph essay,但我在第2-4段,越往下越寫更digusting的東西,這樣才能build the climax in parapgraph 4.


What is the most disgusting habit some people have?

Of course I knew theoretically that working on dummies in dental school was completely different from working on real people after graduation, but still, nothing prepared me for the horrors that awaited me as a rookie dentist employed by a clinic located in a seedy area of town.

My very first patient was a meth addict (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CszeyYM6pQ4 ). Because he consumed meth by snorting, the fumes from the drug completely eroded two-thirds of his upper teeth. Those teeth that still existed were caked in food residue that had turned glue-like. His breath smelled like a public toilet that hadn’t been cleaned for months. To make matters worse, he was gay and tried to make a pass at me by licking my fingers! Ugh!

My next patient was someone who hadn’t brushed for two decades (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuerJU5huT8 ). So much plaque had piled up on his teeth that they were completely hidden. From the outside, they had the color and texture of parmesan cheese. They stank of rotten cheese, though.

Just when I thought things couldn’t be worse, I met my third patient. His teeth were in better condition than the first two, but he kept complaining of a throbbing pain in a molar。 When I peered at that tooth, I discovered a nest of maggot larvae. One was already hatched; it wiggled its way out of the patient’s mouth (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMr08AFgqxg ). The nurse fainted and fell on the ground with a loud thud.

People think their Google search histories contain their innermost secrets, but every dentist knows it is our mouths that give the most honest picture of how we have been living our lives.


Watch this interview for more information on my approach to teaching English writing: https://youtu.be/aQbAsMMHPd8


Michelle Ng

聯絡方式: michelleng.coach@proton.me
個人網站: https://michellengwritings.com




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