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November 10, 2006

Video Short - Teaching ESL to Klingons

So, is this sketch representing a "fictional" mock-up for a bi-lingual educational program or an ESL one? Is the instructor teaching the Klingons their own language or subjects in their own language? I'm not exactly sure what this message says, on a cultural level, about issues of either tolerance, mainstreaming, or perhaps political correctness. Someone somewhere should be able to infer "something" from this, without doubt. Even so, it does come across as slightly amusing, at least, for Star Trek fans. I'll let the commenters sort through the appropriateness of such an ad (read: do you ever feel like you're teaching to a group of Klingons?) I do like her mantra as one that humorously reflects my own: "I CAN be strict...but I just want them ready for the REAL world." The irony of the world real in this one is uncanny. Originally aired on The Space Channel (a Canadian Sci-Fi channel) and can also be found in a search on Google Video.

Posted by lhobbs at November 10, 2006 01:02 PM

Readers' Comments:

Irony is the use of words to convey a meaning that is opposite of its literal meaning.
An example of irony in this story called, “The Necklace” is when Mathildes feels her friend is respected because she wears and owns beautiful clothing and jewelry. Mathilde is asked to go out and she does not want to because she does not have anything nice to wear and she does not think she will get respect from other people. She ends up borrowing her friends’ piece of jewelry, which is a diamond necklace. She ends up losing the necklace and her and her husband work hard for ten years to get the money back to repay her friend. When she finally repays her friend, she realizes that the necklace was actually costume jewelry, or fake. So, Mathilde thought the whole time that her friend is only respected because of her “nice things”, and that is not true. The meaning of this story is you do not have to have to have expensive jewelry to get and have respect.

Posted by: Kyle Lahue at January 26, 2007 05:38 PM

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