Welcome!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 30, 2012 by Charles Scott

Hi everyone!

Welcome! I’m glad you came.

Our space here is an opportunity for us to share resources and ideas, to talk about the assignments, courses, readings, the entire TESL/FL program, what’s going on in our lives. I will post messages that include suggestions, comments, and feedback, as well as uploading files that might be helpful For example, I will post my PPT on how to structure a good essay.

Feel free to add your comments. You can reply to each of my postings and if you want to create a posting, just let me know and we can make that happen. This blog is supposed to consist of conversations between us all, so please contribute. We can all help each other. And feel free to include links to cool sites, things you like, or upload files you think would be helpful.

To begin, here is a link I have shared with some of you about accents. NNESTs always feel they have to have “perfect” English accents to be considered competent English speakers (and we forget what Vivian Cook said about multicompetence!). A question to consider when you watch this video: which accent is “perfect” or “correct” or “best”?

NNESTs think their English accents are not good or not acceptable. But shouldn’t a Chinese or Korean person have a Chinese of Korean accent when speaking English? I think so. I also think that each person’s accent is unique and a wonderful expression of who you are. Anyway, here is Amy Walker in a video about accents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UgpfSp2t6k

Oooh! I have another Amy Walker link that I think you guys can relate to. It’s about identity. But I’ll create another posting for that.

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Another category–Postings on Dialogue

Posted in Postings on Dialogue on May 18, 2010 by Charles Scott

We are exploring a new category. All my postings on dialogue will be here.

Going

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 by Charles Scott

We’re off. Moving. Notice that I am using apostrophes to create contractions. Not “we are off.” This is an informal blog; a bit distinct from more formal academic writing.

Hello world!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 18, 2010 by Charles Scott

Well, here we are. Welcome to my world … er, I mean our world. It cannot be just my world because my world only comes into existence because of your presence in it, right? So, as I said, here we are.

Where are we going to go from here? While I have plenty of ideas and some roadsigns to provide some markers, but quite honestly I don’t know where we’ll end up. While that might seem a bit off-putting, this is the way of the world when you think about it. Uncertainty at every turn. So we can expect at least a bit of the unexpected.

Stick around … let’s go places.