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Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

Tags: collection, list, web 2.0, resources, websites

ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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Learning Designs

Started by Elise in Teaching and Methodology Mar 27, 2019. 0 Replies

I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

A NEW way to teach PHRASAL VERBS so that your students understand and remember them

Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

Tags: prepositions, teach, verbs, phrasal


Obama the English Teacher

I've been following over the last number of months, all the various manifestations and mythifications of Barak Obama. It is surreal how society raises up "one man" and puts all sorts of qualities and sacred value into his mere mortal bearing.

No better example of this has to do with "Obama the English teacher". He's a missionary for the spread of English and all over the world, children are clamoring to learn English by listening to his speeches, rewinding his new conferences and scouring over his past legal briefings. It finally got to be too much with the cheerleading on ABC News tonight stating how the Japanese are clamoring to learn "a la Obama", memorizing his speeches and attending special English Obama classes. Half a million workbooks already sold! Not withstanding how this is basically a business pitch and has little to do with the actual teaching of English (and see this fine post for a full rundown of all these stories and how edubusiness Kaplan figures in on it).

However, what I want to mention is that the Japanese won't learn a thing from Obama. Not in the way they memorize and mimic and chant, "Yes, we can. Yes, we can!". That's the problem with Japan and the Japanese / Korean "way" of English....... they'd do better to spend their money on GM stock....

Oh well, man and his follies, keeps things interesting.

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Comment by Leigh Thelmadatter on March 31, 2009 at 3:27pm
And we got at least 4 more years of this!

Comment by ddeubel on March 31, 2009 at 10:59pm

More than 4 years -- I think this is an unfortunate component of American politics. Making everything/everybody into a characture. I'm for devolution when it comes to politics. Bring the power to the community and leave the fat rats on their stinking/sinking ship. I"m saddened that it is always about "selling " us a bag of goods ....... just like the Japanese and their English classes (a mightly big business that is!).

Comment by Justinoxxii on April 1, 2009 at 12:15am
Just a fad, albeit a fad I wish I was cashing in on.

Comment by Leigh Thelmadatter on April 1, 2009 at 12:31am
2010 should give us a hint... but we wont know for certain until 2012. There is too much Jimmy Carter and Kennedy in Obama. We may like whatever current brand we have but we can be very cruel to icons when we feel they have let us down. There's already some buyer's remorse going on.
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 1, 2009 at 4:40am
Hmm... might be too tired to respond here, but what the hey... I am grateful, grateful, that Obama was elected. But I never did like that slogan. Slogans are designed to get you to do something without thinking, whether that be a decision (such as voting or spending money) or an action (such as one group forcing domination on another). Bad, bad mix with responsible citizenship/ behavior.

But hey, guys, we have a BLACK PRESIDENT! WHO REFERS TO HIMSELF AS A MUTT! Do you know how refreshing that is? Finally, my own children are reflected in our society (they have always referred to themselves as mutts... and they are- they have always been healthier, stronger, more robust because of their genetic makeup- hardly any recessive genes can get in there!)

Every time I seriously think about what happened, I feel reverent. Not for Obama per se (though I hardily voted for him on the issues), but towards our country. We showed ourselves, and the world, that we could overcome a deeply ingrained racial barrier and elect the most qualified candidate for the times (think McCain and economics). We overcame that big hump of racism and did it. We can be so proud of ourselves for that. It is a great moment in American history.

I was going to ask a pedagogical question, but I'm pooped : ).

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