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December 28, 2005

When Nations Assign an "Official" Language

"They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps." - William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost

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December 27, 2005

Travel Photography - 'The Pennsylvania Amish' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

'The Pennsylvania Amish' © 2006 Lee Hobbs
Photograph: 'The Pennsylvania Amish' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

"When you talk you only repeat what you already know, but if you listen you may learn something." ~ Amish school proverb

Caption: In the far north of Indiana County, a plainly fashioned buggy of the German-speaking Amish makes its way home through the winding roads of Western Pennsylvania (2004) . . .

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December 26, 2005

Comments on "ESL Instruct" - December 2005

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Did you get the last issue of the ESL Instruct newsletter? This might be the last one I author alone. Read or comment on it here.

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December 23, 2005

When English Teaching Promotes Cultural Imperialism

"I am an anti-imperialist. I am opposed to having the eagle put its talons on any other land." - Mark Twain, A Pen Warmed Up in Hell.

Strong words indeed from such an overly-identified and stereotypical "American" fantasy writer.

Hello friends,

I just finished reading an article by Andrew Osobka on the topic of Cultural Imperialism . . .

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December 20, 2005

Teaching English Grammar? Some Reader Recommendations

"Grammar, which knows how to control even kings." ~Moliere

Looking for really USEFUL grammar textbook for your ESL lessons?

Dear English Language Teacher-Resource Shoppers, look no further . . .

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December 19, 2005

ESL Teaching Prerequisites

"What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honorable, than that of teaching?" ~Harriet Martineau

ESL qualification prerequisites anyone?

Blog folk,

There's a lot of talk going on now on the ESL-School blog and in the various ESL-Job-Forums out there about what kind of academic degrees you might (or might not) need to qualify for employment at a respectable ESL school abroad (or, just get legal working papers). On top of this . . .

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December 18, 2005

New Stereotyping Words for the English Language

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Metro, Techno or Retro? Just what kind of Hetero are you anyway?

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December 15, 2005

Industry Events - ESL [Friendly] Conferences

"Reading maketh a full man; conference a ready man; and writing an exact man." ~Sir Francis Bacon

Are you an ESL graduate student?

Have you still never presented at a conference before but realize that potential employers will see your involvement with the academic community as a big, big plus when considering your C.V.? Then think about university sponsored graduate conferences, particularly interdisciplinary ones (where you'll have improved chances of having your proposal accepted). They are the perfect place to begin presenting since they are a safe, friendly environment where you'll find encouragement instead of criticism . . .

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December 13, 2005

ESL Textbook Recommendations

"The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar" ~Michel de Montaigne

Hello There ESL-Textbook Hunters!

This semester, based on a trusted recommendation, I tried the following grammar book (also covers punctuation and style) which (don't laugh!) is designed for North American eight-graders. I'd like to report, though, that I had a tremendous success with it . . .

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December 11, 2005

Teaching ESL WITHOUT An Employer

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"Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell and advertise." ~Ted Turner

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December 09, 2005

The Problem with Private ESL Classes

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"They're called lessons because they lessen from day to day." ~Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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December 07, 2005

Comments on "ESL Instruct" - November

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"If you have no critics you'll likely have no success." ~ Malcolm X

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December 06, 2005

Industry Events - ESL Job of the Week: Deadline Approaching

The University of Arkansas has openings for a full-time TESL faculty position

Spring International Language Center at the University of Arkansas,
Fayetteville, has openings for a full-time faculty position to begin
teaching on January 10, 2006. We ask that applications be submitted by
October 15, 2005, but they will continue to be accepted until this position
is filled
. . .

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December 05, 2005

Industry Events - FYI: Upcoming Language Symposium

Symposium About Language and Society 2006 - Austin, Texas

Date: 07-Apr-2006 - 09-Apr-2006
Location: Austin, TX, USA
Contact Person: Simeon Floyd
Web Site: http://studentorgs.utexas.edu/salsa/ . . .

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December 03, 2005

Film Review: Manhunter and Red Dragon Revisited

Today's Film Review courtesy of English-blog contributor Adam Mc.

*Warning: Article may contain spoilers!

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I would like to start off by saying that both of these films were excellent additions to the Hannibal Lector series. They were the only films of the series that I had not seen before and not only did they explain many of the events that take place in the later films, but were also just as entertaining. Whether you're a fan of films with good plot twists and storylines or just a good old fashioned fan of the blood and gore that all of these films have become so famous for, you will definitely enjoy both Man hunter and Red Dragon . . .

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December 02, 2005

DIY: How to Pour Cement (Like a Pro)

Today's "How to" article courtesy of English-blog contributor Adam Mc.:

The Art of Concrete

Ever since the age of twelve I've been working for my dad pouring cement. I've been learning about it and hearing about it since before I can remember. My dad taught me the trade and his dad taught him. Most people would think that it's a simple process. You pour the cement, you smooth it out and you're done right? However, just like any other job it's not as easy as it appears at first glance. In fact the job is so complicated that even after seven grueling summers of pouring cement, for less than reasonable wages, I'm still learning something new each time. And even though the pay is low I'm gaining experience that will last me the rest of my life. So now I'll try to sum up in a few paragraphs what has taken me seven years to learn . . .

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December 01, 2005

What Do You Do About Missed ESL Classes?

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"The joys of meeting pay the pags of absence / Else who could bear it?" ~ Nicholas Rowe

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