Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Stop the obstructionism

I keep thinking of the song, "Nobody But Me," by the Human Beinz, and think it would be a great theme song for the Republican Party. The beginning lyrics are "NO, no, no no, no no no..." This is to me, indicative of the only thing many Republicans are capable of saying this year. Their tactics seem to be to say no to anything that a non-Republican suggests. The tactic, which they hope will help them win more elections in coming years, is going to backfire. I think the American people are sick and tired of negativity, and want members of both the House and Senate to work toward solutions for the problems of this country. They should have learned from Nancy Reagan that "Just say no" doesn't work.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Studying Grammar

I've been studying grammar all night, and trying to finish an exam in the course, Grammar for Teachers of English as a Second Language. I have a lot of respect for the English Language Learners that I have worked with over the years. Now that I have almost completed this course, I have even more respect for them. I do think I understood, until now, just how difficult it is for language learners to learn and incorporate the rules of grammar in another language. If anyone knows of any really good web sites for ESL students, please let me know.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Internet Archive: Free Download: John F. Kennedy Speech, June 11, 1963

This speech by President John F. Kennedy is a sad reminder of what the United States was like in 1963 when we were trying to integrate colleges, universities, and life in general.

It is also a sorry reminder of the status of women back then. We weren't even mentioned!! Also, I think if you replace the word negroes with gays, lesbians or queers, you will realize that some people still don't have the equal rights. How about the right to marry the person of your choice? It seems pretty obvious that we still have work to do before all people are equal.

Internet Archive: Free Download: John F. Kennedy Speech, June 11, 1963

Saturday, June 27, 2009

It has been too long


It has been way too long since I have posted an entry. I am done with school for the summer, and I'm on vacation from one of my three jobs. So, it's time to start writing and posting information again. Here is a link to an online journal that may be of interest to ESL instructors and other language teachers. It's called The Journal of the Imagination in Language Learning. I think the journal may be ceased, but there are some interesting articles available at this link

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Teaching ESL

As you can see, I have only had time lately to post links to other interesting sites. I have been so busy with my graduate course in teaching ESL, I haven't really had time to write any original blog entries. My class will end soon, and I'm not taking any courses this summer, so I'll have lots of time to write. I've been working on the course for several hours today. In addition to writing the final paper, I have read an interesting study on the problems caused when Arab students use e-dictionaries to translate passages.

If any of you are studying English as a Second Language, I'd love your comments on what you think is helpful and what is difficult for you.

Since there seems to be some interest in this topic, the article is: "Impact of E-dictionaries on Arab students' translation strategies," by Abdul-Fattah Al-Jabar. It's in Volume 54 Issue 2 of Babel.