Canadian ESL Vote on the US Election

My ESL students are just average Canadians when it comes to the US election. The students have a knee-jerk support for Kerry even if they have never heard of him.

I started my conversation class with the question, “Who do you think will win the election today?” My students looked at me as if I was speaking a foreign language. I gave the background to my statement—US, election, voting—and then posed the question again. Then a student asked me who you could vote for if you didn’t want Bush to win. Once I taught everyone how to pronounce his name properly, Kerry was a shoo-in.

According to the following pole, two of the students would vote for Kerry and the third would vote for Bush. The Republican student soon admitted that he really preferred Kerry.

“I just said Bush because they said Ker… Kerr… the other guy,” he said.

Standard teenage compulsions are stronger than politics.

My conversation class has four fairly advanced students. Class turnout today was three students, which is high.

My other class is at a much lower level. I had to teach the word “election” before we could talk about it. Once they understood, one student said, “I hate Bush-ee.” He’s Korean and English speakers from that country add “ee” to the end of quite a few English words. The other two students in the class didn’t comment. Attendance was 100%.

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