I missed watching the Obama Inauguration and hearing the complete address of our new president. I was teaching an ESL class. I heard pieces of the address on the radio during the day. Today I returned to the same classroom. One of the students brought the text of the speech to class. I asked the class if they would like to read it aloud. They did. I walked among them and listened in awe as the speech was read in a dozen or more different accents. Amazing. We spent the two hours with Obama's words. They asked about some of the phrases. The unfamiliar metaphors and idioms.
I have taught ESL for ten years and this was one of the most exciting, difficult and satisfying class I have taught.