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Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

  • 1.  Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 19-06-2021 05:49 AM
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    Dear Colleagues,

     

    T.J. A. Wolff, b. June 19, 1945, American teacher of creative writing, and writer (the PEN/ Faulkner Award for Fiction) shared his school memories in his Old School (2004). The text/ fragments attached can show us some methods of teaching English … and some of their effects too.

     

    Enjoy a really good read!

     

    Best regards,

     

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD

    Moscow, Russia



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    Lala Sadykhova
    Russian Federation
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  • 2.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 20-06-2021 01:10 AM
    I got to wondering how one could read this book. I see there is a two-page attachment. Anyway, I googled it and found this at archive.org
    https://archive.org/details/oldschoolnovel00wolf

    I also hit one PDF site that was full of malware warnings, so be careful. I think this one should be ok (but don't take my word for it).

    Vance

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    VanceStevens
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  • 3.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 20-06-2021 01:43 AM
    Thanks, Vance, for the interest to the book.
    Yes, you are right; and I always make PDF attachment, to give some fragments, from any text, for these reasons. This also saves your time if you want to have a glimpse into what a text is about, the author' style, etc. .I'm glad you gave the link where the book cover can be seen, too, so let me say again: thank you so much!

    Best regards,

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD,
    Moscow, Russia



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    Lala Sadykhova
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  • 4.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 20-06-2021 02:06 PM
    Dear Lala and Vance ~

    Thank you so much for these postings.

    Of all the many roles teachers play, my personal favorite is "sparker of intellectual curiosity," encouraging students to become "explorers" and "adventurers."

    After "K" and "B," Wolff has 24 more volumes of the encyclopedia to dive into!

    Thanks again.

    Best wishes,
    Laura

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    Laura J. Peskin
    Independent Educational Writer
    New York, USA

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
    "The Strenuous Life," a speech by Teddy Roosevelt in 1899
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  • 5.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 20-06-2021 05:16 PM

    Dear Laura,

    That's it: "Sparker of Intellectual Curiosity", aka Teacher!

    As the Curiosity sparked the Enlightenment to create those volumes of knowledge, and that Age of Discovery, whose explorers dared to travel through the far and unknown lands of Kamchatka and Brazil.

    As for us, we might choose to continue the travel, if enlightened, and beyond the "K" and "B": through any times, and across the furthest reaches of space, - if we dare to become adventurers.  

    If we venture out when the darkness falls: if we follow the Spark of Discoveries.  

    Thanks to the Sparkers of Curiosity.

    Thank you, Laura!

     

    Best wishes,

    Lala  

     

    Lala Sadykhova, PhD

    Moscow, Russia



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    Lala Sadykhova
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  • 6.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 21-06-2021 08:02 AM
    Thanks a lot Vance. Maybe, it'd be a good idea that when we recommended a book, we uploaded a pdf or perhaps told members how to access it. Perhaps a web link.

    Lala, can you give us a hand with that, please?

    Thanks in advance for your reply.




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    Glenda N Gallardo.
    EFL teacher, Universidad de Lima
    glendangallardo@gmail.com
    Lima, Peru.
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  • 7.  RE: Teaching English through the Power of Creating / On being Sensitized to Culture, and Empowered by Education (Text)

    Posted 22-06-2021 02:58 PM

    How are you all - As the vast majority of ESL teachers are becoming highly educated worldwide, please still keep in mind we are educating a very special group of students from around the world-who are new to learning a foreign language in English--and must be educated as such.  We have to focus our teaching pedagogy on teaching methods that will work-out for them--not just temporarily while in school, but lasting.    

    For instance, if you are teaching a beginner section classroom, (e.g., English 001) a classroom teacher must ask self--if the purchased teaching materials are appropriate for section 001, and gear the teaching approaches at that learning level-to ensure our students learning outcome at the end of the semester has worked.

    In contrast, in some cases, a teacher would find that some of her students in his/her class is no longer new to English, and have advanced knowledge of the subject matter, but got plunged in a beginner classroom, these students must be re-directed to the right classroom, or to an advanced English class in an appropriate section.  We must not hold them in class section 001.  ESL teachers must understand students are expected to progress in their learning growth--regardless of a degree-plan they chose to study for in preparation for their future career.  Staying on course, learning a new language is after all, in all accounts, a developmental learning process they must learn to master. With that said, our teaching approaches and our TESOL specialization-training must therefore, be tailored to their intellectual acuity.

    Enjoy the spring and summer blooms.
    MerriLee  Leonard |he; she; it|
    M.A.Ed.,TESL
    Greenville Univesity
    Author:  Beginner English Grammar Guide for English as a Second Language Students (1st Ed).
    ISBN-13: 978-1524962708.
    ISBN-10: 1524962708.
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