Two other students turned their participles into a short story, which they happily shared with the class:
Student 1: I have a new girlfriend. She is very beautiful, and I like her very much, so I am very pumped.I was very proud after they shared this story, because it is clear that I have taught them valuable lessons about the uses of both participles and alcohol. I am having a deep impact on the lives of children.
Student 2: But last week, she was my girlfriend, so when I heard she had a new boyfriend I got drunk on beer.
By the by, I have to look at my gmail spam folder much more carefully now than I used to, because emails with the subject lines "where we will meet?", "looking 4 a MASTER", and "do you want to love me" could all plausibly be from my students. I also got a spam email today with the subject "Send your satellite inside her." This is by far the least sexy thing I've heard all day, which is surprising if you consider that I've spent my whole day teaching non-native English speakers about participles.