What do I mean when I say Interpretive ESL?

I used to call it Improvisational ESL when I was referring to the actual classes. This was probably because I was teaching my students the fine art of improvising in English. Interpreting: Finding alternatives to traditional thought I didn’t want to feel trapped by the accepted interpretations of my work as an ESL teacher. I was not … More What do I mean when I say Interpretive ESL?

English Only 02: The Spread of a Linguistic Empire: Spanish and French

Speaking from my own personal experience, native American English speaker, fluent European Spanish speaker, I personally think that Spanish would have been a more clever choice as a lingua franca for the modern-day world. French is out of the question, way too many irregular verbs and the spelling is hellish. Spanish would have been better, … More English Only 02: The Spread of a Linguistic Empire: Spanish and French

English Only 01: Linguistic Imperialism and “Linguisism” — Two Basic Concepts Avoided in the “English Only” Debate

English, A Universal or Imperialistic Language? We all know that English is widely accepted as the main language to be learned and used in a modern world. Gallons of ink has been etched onto reams of paper to explain how that happened. Has that acceptance come about, though, because of an imperialistic imposition? Robert Phillipson, … More English Only 01: Linguistic Imperialism and “Linguisism” — Two Basic Concepts Avoided in the “English Only” Debate

Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red

A friend sent me this link to a video. Before you click on that link, read these instructions:           Don’t read the description and don’t look at the video image. As you click the link, close your eyes and don’t open them while you listen Listen and figure out what you … More Listening to the Universe of Discourse: 04: Black, White and Red