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 … 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

What is this Madness Behind the “Method”?

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”?

Listening, Speaking (then Reading, Writing): The life, near death and hidden life of the Audio Lingual Method: Part one

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

To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum

  Finally, some general, concluding thoughts on how to fit pair-work into your class. Pair-work as a stand-alone activity Pair-work is an excellent activity within a structure of class where students spend time in formal “grammar” classes, then spend another period of time in so-called “listening / speaking” classes. If your school or academy divides … More To Pair or not to Pair: Part Six: Pair-work Alone or with the Curriculum

To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure

Now that you’ve got the basic things prepared (classroom, characters, props and student attitude), you’ll want to make very clear to your students that this is not a random activity. “Art loves order,” Stanislavsky told us in his work with actors. Make sure you have order in the basic structure of your class to allow the … More To Pair or Not to Pair: Part Five — Class Structure