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Shower thoughts

💡 It’s clear that the most efficient use of my writing time would be to buy a waterproof smartphone, stand in the shower all day, and record ideas as they come.

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Discussion Boards in the Higher-Ed TESOL Classroom

… for the English-focused higher education classroom, discussion boards present a number of language-focused possibilities.

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O’Keeffe on happiness

“I think it’s so foolish for people to want to be happy. Happy is so momentary — you’re happy for an instant and then you start thinking again. Interest is the most important thing in life; happiness is temporary, but interest is continuous.” ― Georgia O’Keeffe

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Pueblo architecture and Georgia O’keeffe

I’m sitting at the airport gate after spending a relaxing weekend in Santa Fe–my first trip to New Mexico. New Mexico didn’t occupy a major position on my list of travel destinations, but I saw some photos of the pueblo architecture recently and decided to make a weekend excursion. On saturday, I explored the plaza […]

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Call for Proposals: Southeast Regional TESOL Conference 2019

Sunshine State TESOL of Florida (SSTESOL), a state affiliate of TESOL International Association, is hosting the Southeast Regional TESOL Conference 2019 in Orlando, Florida on November 5-9 at the DoubleTree by Hilton (across from the Universal Studios). […] The strands to which the proposals are being submitted are: K-12, adult education/ESL, EAP/IEP, teacher education, technology, […]

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Japanese Folktales: The Peony Lantern – A Ghost Tale — Under the influence!

This work is a retelling of a kaiden, a traditional Japanese ghost story from a collection by Grace James titled, Japanese Fairy Tales, and called The Peony Lantern.

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International Phonetic Alphabet on GBoard

This should expedite transcription exercises in pronunciation lessons. Goodbye copy/paste online keyboards.

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Serious Music: Is it all in the ear of the listener?

This post will stray from my usual fair, but my friend Jim Stubblefield, who works in the music industry, shared this article with me. As someone who studied music in higher education the topic compels me, so I’ve given it some thought. … songwriters and musicians regularly assert that music has been “devalued.” they’ve pointed […]

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What do you call someone who speaks only one language …?

Europeans have a perception of people from the U.S. as monolinguals. You can add this to the list of things about which the United States should make you ashamed (as though the 45th were not enough). A popular stereotype of Americans traveling abroad is the tourist who is at a loss when it comes to […]

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English Speaking and Presenting: How to stop using filler words like ‘um’ and ‘uh’ in your speech — BroadyELT

Running through several practice runs is the best way to eliminate filler words from a presentation, but if you’re someone who suffers from severe performance anxiety, that might not be enough. This topic is relevant for almost all language users, especially when we present and speak in front of groups. […] My additional personal tip: […]