Ezra Vasquez

The personal blog of an applied linguist, writer, & educator

Tag: Education

  • Barbara Ehrenreich – A Rare Good-Faith Intellectual – Dies

    Barbara Ehrenreich, the author, activist and self-described “myth buster” who in such notable works as “Nickel and Dimed” and “Bait and Switch” challenged conventional thinking about class, religion and the very idea of an American dream, has died at age 81. Barbara Ehrenreich, Activist and ‘Myth Busting’ Writer of ‘Nickel and Dimed,’ Dies – NBC […]

  • Old guard music education

    Old guard music education

    ClassicalGuitarMagazine.com posted Michael Chapdelaine’s performance of Albéniz’s “Mallorca,” to comemorate the Spanish composer’s birthday, and the performance is delightful. In the notes at YouTube, nonetheless, the artist links to a masterclass Segovia conducted at USC, in which Segovia berates Chapdelaine’s performance of the same piece. Segovia’s manner with the student exemplifies everything that’s wrong with […]

  • How Dungeons & Dragons Can Help Kids Develop Social-Emotional Learning Skills

    How Dungeons & Dragons Can Help Kids Develop Social-Emotional Learning Skills

    Featured image: “TSR Basic Set , circa 1980,” by Bryan Costin is licensed under BY-NC-SA 2.0 … for the most part, if you don’t cooperate you die … In addition to encouraging students to work together and form social bonds, Callahan and other educators who use Dungeons & Dragons and similar role-playing games claim that their students […]

  • 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 […]

  • New Mexico will pass bill requiring TESOL training for teachers

    Rebecca Blum Martinez, the director of the bilingual and ESL program at the University of New Mexico, said having every educator qualified to teach English learners makes sense in New Mexico. It’s the same requirement California has because of its large number of immigrant students. What’s more, she believes PED is undercounting the number of […]

  • Microsoft Class Notebooks in the Communications Classroom

    Microsoft Class Notebooks in the Communications Classroom

    An early-view article in the TESOL Journal by Pamela Everly examines how Microsoft’s learning management platform the OneNote Class Notebook (ONCN) can facilitate speech activities in a listening/speaking or communication focused classroom. Pamela says the following: ONCN’s capacity for handling multiple data types, providing individualized content, and delivering multiple computer‐assisted pronunciation technologies on demand increased […]

  • Implications of The Bottleneck Hypothesis for Higher-Ed ESL

    A recent article in the journal Second Language Research by Isabel Jensen … lends support for a theory of second language acquisition called The Bottleneck Hypothesis

  • Nothing Teaches like Failure

    Hi! This is your reminder that failure is the best teacher there is. Want to learn something? Try it, and if you're reeeally lucky you might fail. And learn. — Andrea Subissati (@necromandrea) March 28, 2019 This is something I tell my students. I give them the example of the opera history class I took […]

  • Poetry Applications for TESOL

    Poetry Applications for TESOL

    I attended the presentation The Uses of Poetry in the ESL Classroom: Ways to Integrate Poetry in a Reading Class on March 15th by Janusz Solarz of Indiana University at the TESOL 2019 International Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. Professor Solarz provided three capacities in which an educator might implement poetry in her English lessons. Introductions […]

  • Teaching Shudder Quotes

    Shudder quotes, or weird quotes as the the author Chuck Wendig refers to them in the tweet at the end of this post, can be used to indicate your are using a word with ironic intent. Consider when you refer to the “stroke of genius” upper management foisted on everyone, and how all your colleagues […]