For the past year or two, I have been sending out ADULT EDUCATION/ESL
newsletters for persons teaching English as-a-second language to adults.
I plan to include some of my ravings and rantings on language subjects
on this webpage. I would thoroughly enjoy hearing from some of you who
check out what I have to say and want to comment on it.
Most of what I have to say, comes from more than four decades in this
profession, in and out of the U.S.A. I have taught students who speak
at least sixty different languages, trained teachers both native and
non-native speakers of English, have written textbooks and articles
and really love what I do. I spent 20 years with the Defense Language
Institute English Language Center, which is the world's largest ESL
program. I served that organization in and out of the U.S.A. and have
lived altogether in nine countries and traveled in others, both on my
own and for DLI. After X many years in the ESL trenches, I have become
a strong believer that here, in the ESL classroom, is where the reality
is. The academic community, which tends to dominate language teaching
sometimes misses out on the realities of what works and doesn't work,
because of their latest "research." Sometimes they come up
with something that is really neat and useful, and at other times academic
persons in the languages seem to veer more toward the latest intellectual
"fads," rather than classroom realities.
Some of my articles explain what I'm talking about. Input from you is
absolutely welcome, and friendly arguments are included. I look forward
to hearing from you. If you like what I do, I am currently conducting
teacher-training workshops, which are announced here. Prices and references
from happy clients are available. My workshops are not very theoretical.
We get down to what to do in the classroom, why, and how. Each workshop
has a highly functional textbook to go with it, based on performance
factors that are necessary, to get communication-centered results. It
is one thing to tell teachers about language acquisition theory and
have them try to figure out what to do. It is another to give them some
good performance-based tools to try out in the classroom. I do the latter.
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