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Great Website For English Language Learners (and teachers too!)

I am currently researching English learner difficulties for native Spanish speakers. Soon  I am taking a Central American Spanish Immersion trip to improve my Spanish speaking and also volunteer teach English in the community. My colleague, Patricia Hines, recommends a very informative site from Frankfurt International School. It is a guide for English language learners

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Inspiration From Dr. Don Shalvey

This past weekend I was in LA at USC for my graduation from the Master’s program – Go Trojans! I wanted to share the inspiring Commencement speech from alumni Dr. Don Shalvey. He formed the first charter school in California, and is currently overseeing the Bill and Melinda Gates Education Foundation. Enjoy! Here is the

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Thoughts on English Morphology

Thoughts on English Morphology and Ben Zimmer’s interview with Carl Zimmer on bloggingheads.tv (see video below). I am very interested in English morphology and looking at the origin of words, the blending of new words, and how new words are created. Ben Zimmer explains in the video bloggingheadstv that when lexicographers want to know the

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A Short Walk Through A Progression Of English

I recently started using www.prezi.com for my presentations in the MAT program @USC, and wow….powerpoint is seriously a thing of the past. I mean, prezi makes powerpoint look like it stepped out from under the 80s. In prezi you can make your presentation literally zoom from idea to idea, and long gone are slides filled with

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Tesol.me

Hello world!  TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of another Language) is my teaching area of choice because I enjoy connecting with people from all cultures and I love the English language. My posts on this blog will reflect the content I am synthesizing in my courses, content I am teaching in my classes, and tips

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