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
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?
My internet connection is acting up, been unable to do just about anything for nearly three hours, so here’s a cheat, another one of those articles I wrote for that content farm. It probably needs a good edit or two, but what it says is still of value. Sorry for the horrible style (again, … More Why a Full Immersion Experience is Essential for Language Mastery
Okay, it’s Friday, “English Club Day” at the local ESL Academy in the town near Barcelona. This is the day that regular classes are not held, the kids can show up and participate in “activities” that are meant to be fun and are meant to add to the twice-a-week classes they attend Monday through Thursday. … More “Prinks”– More on English Only
I’m going to rant a bit about this “English ONLY” concept that crops up from time to time among ESL teachers. Why? … More “English Only”– a Great Way to Waste Time in Your ESL Class