Monthly Archives: March 2011

Queer as a second language.

Comments from a teacher attending a TESOL conference.”When I go to TESOL, I try to take some time to go to a session that may not be directly related to my work as a teacher educator and professional developer. It is a way for me to explore and ex… Continue reading

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My conversation with Robert of Austria, part 5.

I had not noticed that I omitted to post the last part of the conversation. Sorry about that. Here it is. Continue reading

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“Tips on Mastering a Second Language” sort of.

Here is the first of two articles entitled “Tips on Mastering a Second Language” . If we wade through the socio-linguistic jargon, the message is that you have to want to learn a language in order to learn it. It is, however, not true that you hav… Continue reading

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How important is an accent when we speak a foreign language ? A discussion with Susanna Zaraysky.

The second in this series of discussions on different aspects of language learning. Continue reading

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Turkey is going to invest in native English speaking teachers, up to 40,000 of them.

This ambitious program to bring native English speaking teachers to Turkey is described here. One interesting comment at the bottom of the article says”The ministry is also preparing multimedia centers in schools to pave the way for distance Engli… Continue reading

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Words can sound pretty similar, and knowing which one to use is often difficult in a new language.

One problem in learning a new language is that for a long time, there are certain words that just sound the same. It is not so bad when we listen or read, since the context helps us out. However, when we go to use the word, we really need to know … Continue reading

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Reducing the radiation hysteria surrounding the Fukushima nuclear reactors.

Nuclear radiation seems to be a subject that people cannot talk about without a degree of hysteria. Here is an interesting article that points out that the greatest human suffering may come from the hysteria rather than the radiation itself. Here … Continue reading

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