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July 29, 2020

A Menu of Flavors of Speaking

Hey, how are you? I hope you are doing okay during these strange and troubling times. As for me, I’m doing well, considering. For instance, while so many people have […]
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July 6, 2020

Determining the APPropriate Length of an Assignment

I was creating a vocabulary-building exercise for my university students, for which they would listen to a LeVar Burton Reads podcast (he picks and masterfully narrates stories) episode of my […]
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June 24, 2020

TESOL, White Supremacy, Whiteness, and Anti-Blackness

I was asked to write this piece after the recent publication of my article, “Worth the Risk: Towards Decentring Whiteness in English Language Teaching,” which you can find here. In […]
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March 16, 2020

The English Teacher’s Role in EMI

When I applied to be an English Language Fellow, I thought I would be teaching English students or training language teachers. However, due to the explosion of bilingual education in […]
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December 15, 2019

My Efforts to Create a Dogme-based Classroom in Japan

I was on a much-needed, post-baby, beach holiday in Bali. With the waves and sunlight, the ability to daydream came back to me. Taskless hands allowed me to click-browse Wikipedia […]
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November 17, 2019

Teaching: a long conversation?

     Clov: What is there to keep me here?      Hamm: The dialogue.      -Samuel Beckett, Endgame One of the unexpected pleasures –and benefits– of teaching online, […]
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September 30, 2019

Posters on the last and first day of class

In my previous post on this blog I wrote about “seniors” writing letters to their “juniors.” By this I mean graduating students writing letters to those who would be in […]
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August 28, 2019

What’s it Like to Teach English Online?

Online EFL can provide a substantial income supplement, and can be a rewarding experience. I’m going to walk you through what it’s like for me to teach online. I’ll discuss […]
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June 11, 2019

Curriculum Development: We’re going to do WHAT?!

Many courses in the MATESOL program have challenged me to step WAY outside my comfort zone, but Curriculum Development was another matter entirely. When I learned I would design an […]
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April 17, 2019

ESL: An Ecological Perspective

“With ever greater demand for ESOL classes and a high level of insistence from governments that migrants learn English for purposes of integration, the job of ESOL teachers goes way […]
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