A production of Prangstgrüp. Bravo!
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August 05, 2011
A production of Prangstgrüp. Bravo!
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August 04, 2011
Caption: "A Kindred Spirit, Yoda Finds"
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August 03, 2011
Caption: "Must you question everything! / Why are you always yelling?"
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August 02, 2011
Caption: "When English Teachers Snap / Sorry ma'am, but bad grammar is no excuse for vandalism"
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August 01, 2011
Caption: "Every time you're tardy, God kills a kitten / Please: think of the kittens."
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October 13, 2009
12 October 2009
Sorry, I couldn't help myself. This sketch was on SNL last Saturday. I like the fact that the ad before this clip is for an actual online university.
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July 06, 2009
WESLEY CHAPEL--Writers headline magazine celebration.
The public is invited to a reading featuring well-known Tampa Bay writers Peter Meinke, Rita Ciresi and Gianna Russo, along with emerging poets and writers from the Saint Leo University and local area, at a celebration of the 2009 publication of Saint Leo's Sandhill Review literary magazine.
The event is at 7 p.m. on July 11 at Barnes and Noble Booksellers at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28152 Pasco Drive, Wesley Chapel. Admission is free. Sandhill Review will be distributed at no charge.
The Sandhill Review also has photos and artwork. Cover art for the 2009 edition was created by B. Lee Hobbs, head of the Department of English, Fine Arts and
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January 13, 2008
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Ok, follow me here: If someone is another's "girl" it used to mean that the "girl" was someone's girlfriend. But, if someone is another's "boy" (an English expression frequently repeated by other males), it apparently means something altogether different (and not a servant).
I freely admit that I know I'm getting old; I happen to know that many of us, English teachers included, hear certain trendy, new expressions that we . . .
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December 23, 2007
It's the end of the year and time to review some speculative fiction...about the future.
This hilarious, yet horrific, short story--sent to me by my dissertation committee director--should have come out at Halloween. Coming out during the Winter holiday season, it sort of reminds me of the fused "Halloween-Christmas" holiday of the far-future as depicted in Matt Groening's sci-fi Futurama episode, "A Tale of Two Santas." The "war" aspect seems to satirize the now archetypal robot-war backstory of either the Matrix series (The Animatrix) the new Battlestar Galactica series, or many other science fiction classics. Now, we have a "teacher" story. Could Michael Moore or Al Gore please make this into a film?
The Chronicle of Higher Education, by the way, is a great resource for those in our field by the way--as much as I read them, I should give them a shout-out once in a while. This dystopia, from the mind of Brigham Young's Kerry Soper, spells out exactly--well, at the furthest extreme--what adjuncts and full professors alike envision for the future of the corporate university. From the 30 Nov. 2007 edition:
Mutiny of the Adjunct Bots
(Excerpt from the secret journal of Prof. Maxwell T. Detritum, now a teaching assistant at the Universal University)
February 18, 2085
The mid-21st century was a dark time in higher edutainment. For those of us lucky few who had achieved hypertenure in the Great GPU (Global Phoenix University), the years leading up to the Adjunct Robot Uprising were magical. Salaries were enormous, teaching duties had finally been eliminated, and one's research could be conveniently outsourced to Internet-based proxies that would analyze random data and then write and publish superior scholarship with only minimal prompts . . .
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December 16, 2007
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This week's contribution was sent to the English-Blog by Natalie Dorfeld:
The Post Ph.D. Blues
Sometime around mid-June, I received a large yellow envelope from my alma mater, Indiana University of Pennsylvania. It was my prestigious Doctor of Philosophy diploma. I should have been cutting the rug like Snoopy in the midst of a happy dance, but I wasn’t much in the mood for celebrating. Instead, I buried it under a pile of junk mail and quietly deliberated the age old question: diagonally or horizontally? (I opted to mow the lawn in a diagonal cut.)
To truly comprehend this little known funk in English circles, otherwise known as the post Ph.D. blues, we must start at . . .
December 08, 2007
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A sporadic discussion topic in the education media has concerned itself with whether or not school-aged children really need all the homework they are normally assigned. Is it busy-work or is it necessary to the development of their minds. Critics claim that kids are already in school most of the day...isn't time spent on creative endeavors--i.e. "play"--and other activities that stimulate the imagination equally important? What about physical activity--translate: exercise? With an obesity epidemic in children of the developed world, should there be a more balanced approach to . . .
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December 04, 2007
The Teddy Bear incident in Sedan has stirred a lot of attention in the Western media recently and overshadowed this slightly older story from Elyas Wahdat of Reuters News on November 15. Of interest, perhaps, to the overseas English-language teaching community:
KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban militants shot dead a teenage boy in southeastern Afghanistan for teaching English to his classmates, police said on . . .
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August 29, 2006
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Issues of "Netiquette" abound in this milleneum's technological classroom. Have today's students lost (or been neglected in their education) basic decorum in letter writing skills?
The following thoughts have been lifted/borrowed (see full citation at the end of the article) from the wonderful teaching blog by Michael Leddy: "Orange Crate Art" and can be read in full at the following address here. It has to do, of course, with E-mail etiquette, a topic that I am finding, more and more, a real necessity for incoming freshmen students. In particular is how to effictively write a professor. I generally end up devoting an entire class period each semester to this topic. Thanks Michael - from now on, I'll probably just assign this article as a reading! . . .
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March 20, 2006
Dear Convention-Defying Instructors,
When hurtful stereotypes and ignorant prejudices collide, a major accident is bound to ensue. Mao once said, "without destruction there can be no construction." I interpret this to mean that in order to construct (or re-construct), a positive deconstruction is sometimes necessary first . Crash is layered enough to do that and much more. If you have a class of top-level English students that seem open to receiving pop-cultural topics for writing and discussion subject-matter, you might have some success with this piece.
The film itself is a full two hours long and it took two complete class periods to show this film in its entirety to my class. Should you decide to screen this film, your students should be forewarned: It's certainly violent, graphic and has something to offend almost everyone. But, at the same time, some really important social issues are first toyed with and then brought to the surface. The narrative results in an amazing chain-reaction of hatred, prejudice and bigotry. Does hate fuel the uninformed and misguided opinions or do uninformed and misguided opinions inform the hate? In the third class period, I conducted a . . .
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January 28, 2006
"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 15, 2006
"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 10, 2006
"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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December 28, 2005
"They have been at a great feast of languages, and stolen the scraps." - William Shakespeare, Love's Labour's Lost
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November 29, 2005
"He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future." ~ George Orwell
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November 09, 2005
"This inescapable duty to observe oneself: if someone else is observing me, naturally I have to observe myself too; if none observe me, I have to observe myself all the closer." ~ Franz Kafka
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November 06, 2005
"Professors known as outstanding lecturers do two things; they use a simple plan and many examples." ~ W. McKeachie
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November 05, 2005
"The more laws & order are made prominent, the more thieves & robbers there will be." - Lao Tzu
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September 30, 2005
In addition to writing and compiling articles for this blog, I also edit two professional newsletters for ESLemployment. One is designed for ESL instructors and the other for ESL school operators . . .
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September 01, 2005
Lee Hobbs, a North American native-speaker (and partial descendant of Native-Americans and wily Welshmen), renowned global citizen (and infamous universal denizen) spends much of his existence "searching for sanity beyond the self-dynamic" After earning his bachelor of arts (in fine art) in 1993, he spent six of his thinner years trekking across the planet, experimenting with entrepreneurial endeavors, and working in the emerging ESL field of Post-Communist Europe. During that time . . .