My Journey in Personal Pedagogy: The Triangle Approach
It is said that the triangle is the strongest shape; able to hold its form while under extreme pressure and therefore able to support a seemingly disproportionate amount of weight. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Don’t Forget to Mind Your Ps
As we all look forward to the amazing information to come from this year’s International TESOL Conference in Atlanta and the many other great conferences still ahead of us in […]
Prioritizing Teacher Reflection
Reflecting on my teaching practice is like pursuing a healthy lifestyle—I know I should do it, but I could stand to do better. I’ve attended and been inspired by my […]
You Look Marvelous!
If you think about it, how do you usually respond to compliments? Do you always say, “Why thank you, you are so kind” or, “That’s very sweet of you”? You […]
Because Native Speakers
The other day I had an exchange with a student that left me in a quandary of a sort that I didn’t really expect to still have over a decade […]
Kill your wifi
Disaster With a full mug of instant coffee in my left hand, and a blue crate of bulky toys in my right, I kneed the classroom door open, flicked the […]
What Happens to ESL Programs When the Money Dries Up?
A Personal Story This blog entry grew out of my experience of working for a community-based ESL program that closed when its funding was not renewed. My disappointment that the […]
Increasing and Preserving Academic Learner Engagement through Enhancing EAP Curricula
In the recent past, I began to notice an eerie phenomenon happening with the learners at the private language institute where I teach. Learners who had been highly motivated, eager […]
Summary of “Mutual Empowerment in Challenging Times”
On July 18, a large audience gathered in the Tishman Auditorium to hear Dr. Diane Larsen-Freeman’s thoughts on “Mutual Empowerment in Challenging Times.” Dr. Larsen-Freeman is a prolific author who […]