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  • What the TESOL Industry Took For Granted
    An idiomatic journey into real virtuality and its irrefutable relationship with the TESOL Industry (TI) . _________________________________________________________ 1st things, first. The TI (Tesol Industry) generated, a few years ago, as reported by Harvard, 60 billion dollars in annual revenue from China alone (ca. 2014). To understand the magnitude […]
  • The Thing About Language
    “It is a rule up with which we should not put.” (Winston Churchill)  An example of an arbitrary linguistic rule: Do not end a clause or sentence, declarative or interrogative, with a preposition. (Yes, it’s hard to put up with!!).   The thing about human language is […]
  • Sound Reasons for Becoming a Balanced Bilingual
  • A Cultural and Linguistic Journey
    By: Peter Maximilian HM Well over 60 years ago, on the tin Island Bangka, in the archipelago of Indonesia, I was birthed in a city named Pangkalpinang. Specifically, it was November 27, 1954.  I was the third of 3 siblings. This was post WWII and Indonesia after 300 years of being held hostage […]
  • The Communicative Approach in Teaching (CAT)
    In defining CAT, we include CLT (Communicative Language Teaching).  So, what exactly is CAT? Let’s break it down step by step:   A. Communication happens only when the decoder (the recipient of the spoken  language provided by the encoder) accepts and “successfully” interprets the  words, phrases, and […]
  • The Current State of the TESOL Industry in the USA
    How has the pandemic affected the TESOL Industry? Do we know only what we see, or do we see what we somehow already know?  CYNTHIA OZICK, “What Helen Keller Saw,” New Yorker, June 16 & 23, 2003 Let’s consider the following points first: The TESOL Industry […]
  • The Difference Between TESOL and TEFL
    Today’s blog will cover some common questions asked about TESOL/TEFL certification programs and how to pick the program best for you. Question 1: What is TESOL?  Answer 1: TESOL represents a billion-dollar industry that has fundamentally advocated for, promoted, and presented the English language as a […]
  • Understanding Language Acquisition
    Language acquisition is both nature and nurture. One is born with the ability to acquire a language (nature) and it then has to be nurtured by the environment to develop. Some say that once a baby is conceived she is already listening and acquiring language. This […]
  • TESOL – An Overview
    By Peter Maximilian HM English has become the Lingua Franca of the World. Its global presence is ubiquitous. The English language appears in World cultures via Music and all forms of Art, and by way of Technology, Science, Academia, Travel, and Politics.  Do the non-English speaking […]
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