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, 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
So, I have spoken about this subject in three posts here. In one post I tell a fable about linguistic dominance in the world from the colonial days. In a second post, I tell an anecdote that is meant to illustrate a common problem involved with English Only. In the third post, I discuss the … More “English Only” is Not a Method
I’ve taken on an assignment over at FluentU this week, with the keywords: Online ESL Teaching. The one I really wanted was: first ESL class, but that one got snatched up by someone else while I was meditating on if I wanted to write to: creative ESL teaching. Oh well, creative is just too general … More Online ESL Teaching 00: Brainstorming
I am of the generation that took algebra in my freshman year at high school. Everybody took algebra. It was the only math class for freshmen at my consolidated learning place. About half the class of ’77 were in one hour, the other half in class the other. Small school. The teacher was Mrs Allen. … More Mrs Allen, the 102 year-old algebra teacher
A long time ago (when the Earth was green), I heard a language-teaching nightmare story about a particular “method” that I want to share. Since I can’t find any references that confirm this story, I won’t slander the “method” by naming it directly. Let’s call this the “Quince Method”. The “Quince Method” (QM) was developed … More When Teaching Methods Become Madness
Let’s look, first, at several explanations of the word “method”, then we’ll get into the madness. Webster’s Dictionary: 1: a procedure or process for attaining an object: as a (1) : a systematic procedure, technique, or mode of inquiry employed by or proper to a particular discipline or art (2) : a systematic plan followed in presenting material for … More What is this Madness Behind the “Method”?
We were at war. We had to send troupes over to that far away place. In that far away place, most people did not speak American. Our brave boys would have to be able to communicate, to buy bread, to interrogate prisoners, to give orders, to meet girls. They had to learn languages, and fast. … More Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one
Hey all! Okay, English Only rears its ugly head again (seems to occur about once every four to six months in the forums I follow!), this time in a seemingly innocent question about how to get students to use English in the classroom instead of their native language. If you’ve read my earlier thoughts on … More An Innocent (¿?) English Only Question Posed…. How Was It Answered?