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January 30, 2006

Suggested Instructional Video for Teaching English Essay Writing

For Monday's English composition class, I used this educational video as part of my daily lesson plan:

English Composition: Writing for an Audience. Program 2. "Finding Something To Say." Nar. Peter Berkow. Prod. Peter Berkow and Anita Berkow. Annenberg/CPB, Annenberg Foundation-Corporation for Public Broadcasting. PBS. 30 minutes. 2000.

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January 29, 2006

Online Teaching Resources For: Learning to Write!

Are You Teaching Academic Writing To English Students?

I'm always open for new ideas in this area. Recently, I've come across some really great resources to recommend to students who have online access. The topic for these resources are learning to write effectively and all are in the English language . . .

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January 28, 2006

Why is Job Discrimination Such an Important Issue in ESL?

"DISCRIMINATE, v.i. To note the particulars in which one person or thing is, if possible, more objectionable than another. " ~ Ambrose Bierce

Readers, if you've been to the ESL-Lesson-Plan blog recently, you've probably seen my lastest comments on the hot topic of unfair hiring practices and outright discrimination that hundreds of qualified, experiened ESL instructors must deal with on a daily basis. Have you, for instance, or someone you've known, faced discrimination in the ESL marketplace? Lately there's been plenty of buzz on the internet about various types of unfair hiring practices in the ESL industry. For example . . .

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January 27, 2006

Using Poetry as an In-Class Writing Prompt: Frost Part II

Contemplating Robert Frost's "Road Not Taken"

I like to use poetry in my English language writing courses as both writing-prompts, discussion topics and lead-ins to other assignments. In my experience with Western students, it seems that today the majority of them enjoy and have full access to all forms of popular music, much of which - hip-hop for example - is lyric intensive . . .

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January 23, 2006

Recommended Resource for Teaching English Language Composition

For Friday's English composition class, I used the following production as part of the lesson:

English Composition: Writing for an Audience. Program 1. "School Writing / Real World." Nar. Peter Berkow. Prod. Peter Berkow and Anita Berkow. Annenberg/CPB, Annenberg Foundation-Corporation for Public Broadcasting. PBS. 30 minutes. 2000.

I found that . . .

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January 22, 2006

Get English-Blog on 'My Yahoo!' 'My Msn' or 'My Google'

What is all this XML and RSS business anyway? Read on:

"RSS" is just an acronym for "Really Simple Syndication" and it's a type of information feed that can be used in some really helpful ways in your "life' on the internet. It seems that a lot of people out there still don't know about and are missing out on the added convenience. Want in? Don't worry, it's easy! Please read on . . .

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Places on the Web that Link to [the] English-Blog [.com]

It's hard to believe, but some of you have actually taken the time to add this blog to your own sites!

Mutual backscratching is great, why not give it a try? To see who's signed on (or to add your own link ) please click here . . .

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January 18, 2006

Industry Events - Interdisciplinary Conference on Romanticism and Victorian Studies

For the first time, the two major conferences on the nineteenth century will join forces for a conference at Purdue University, to be held August 31-September 3, 2006 (Labor Day weekend).

More details here . . .

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January 17, 2006

Poems In The English Writing Classroom: Take Frost, For Example

Playing With Robert Frost's "Fire & Ice"


What are your experiences using poetry in the writing classroom? Do you prefer the easier-to-comprehend-type model for poems so that more time can be spent on the actual craft of response-writing, for instance, or do you like the headier examples that will probably take an entire class period of discussion before students "get it" enough to even have an academic reaction?

Recently, I asked the students in my English language class . . .

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January 16, 2006

Film Review: Vertigo

“Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.” ~ Salman Rushdie

Aggravated Acrophobia, Clinical Depression, and an Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder . . .

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January 15, 2006

Censorship in the English Classroom

"Every burned book enlightens the world." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Bonfires,” according to Ruth McClain of OCTELA, “were a very efficient form of censorship in an age when books were handwritten and existed in few copies . . .

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January 14, 2006

Ways to use Quotations in your English Classes: Cather, et al.

Gulf Shores after Hurricane Ivan 2004
Photograph: 'Gulf Shores after Hurricane Ivan' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

"There are some things you learn best in calm, and some in storm." ~ Willa Silbert Cather

Caption: After the mighty winds of Hurricane Ivan, the once happy resort at Gulf State Park sits gutted and utterly defeated on the coastal shores of southern Alabama (2004) . . .


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January 12, 2006

Surfing with English-Blog on Location

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"It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this." - Bertrand Russell

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January 10, 2006

Being Compensated Fairly for English Teaching

"Education costs money, but then so does ignorance." - Sir Claus Moser

Are you being paid enough to teach English? Most of us would probably stand up in unison to yell a resounding "no" if asked en masse . . .

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January 08, 2006

Industry Events - Third International Congress on English Grammar

Sona College of Technology, Salem, Tamil Nadu offers a wide variety of high quality education and training opportunities for . . .

Attention readers of the English-Blog,

The Third International Congress on English Grammar

will take place from . . .

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January 07, 2006

Travel Photography: 'Polish Bicycle I' © 2006 Lee Hobbs

Polish Bicycle I - Photograph © 2006 Lee Hobbs
Photograph: "Polish Bicycle" © 2006 Lee Hobbs

"The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the vehicle of novelists and poets." ~ Christopher Morley

Caption: The reliable old "rover" of an elderly, Krakovian gentleman, chained to the drainage pipes of a traditional bakery on Kazimierz Street (1998) . . .

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January 04, 2006

Comments on "ESL Instruct" - December

"No comment" is a splendid expression. I am using it again and again." ~ Winston Churchill

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