Cambridge scholar R. B. McKerrow told a funny story from the time he spent teaching English in Tokyo from 1897 to 1900, where he also learnt Japanese, wrote a textbook on English phonology (in Japanese), and had his own printing press.
McKerrow also travelled around Japan and arriving in a small seaside town, checked into a guesthouse and asked for a hot bath. As he waited and looked out at the sea he watched a group of men put a metal tub on the rocks, fill it with sea water, and light a fire under it. This salt water was his bath. And by the time he got down to the beach to bathe in it a group of local residents had gathered round to watch.
The Henry Brothers are getting ready for the teacher training that we deliver around Turkey during the back-to-school period. We’re buying tickets, booking hotel rooms, planning workshops, and packing our bags for the road. All the time in airports and hotel is a strain but still much easier than that!! We wish a safe journey to all our fellow ELT professionals travelling during this period.