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Sapir-Whorf and Perceptions of English Language

Part 1, English Freedom It’s another presentation at a Saturday conference and this time we’re sitting in a circle discussing the negotiation of second language identities. I mention to the participants and fellow presenters that my dissertation will examine perceptions … Continue reading

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What do we know about reading?

As usual, I’ll sabotage this question and turn it around a bit to reflect what I thought I knew about reading and to examine some of Smith’s ideas that I found most interesting. As has been my recent mode, while … Continue reading

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Making Meaning Matter

“The wider intellectual community comes increasingly to ignore our [psychology] journals, which seem to outsiders principally to contain intellectually unsituated little studies, each a response to a handful of like little studies. Inside psychology, there is a worried restlessness about … Continue reading

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ESL and Digital Classrooms

How might you use a computer in your classroom? Wow, this is a difficult one to answer because I’ve been using computer technology in my classrooms throughout my teaching career. My students and I have explored everything from on-line questionnaires, … Continue reading

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Access and the Literacy Myth

“Seeing Eye Computer Dog” John S. Pritchett Cartoons (click the pic above to visit the site) One of the primary arguments for [national large-scale projects] to expand technological literacy rests on the claim that such an effort will provide all … Continue reading

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English Literacy?

  “Literacy is the path to communism” (click the link to view the image in its original context)   I have long understood that the study (scholastic) of English in contemporary American society is likely one of the most erroneously … Continue reading

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What is Literacy? Literacy & Transformation

“TRANSFORMATION” (Image by Dejan Vucelic) The question “What is Literacy?” may be easily defined at its most basic level (concerning the needs of the individual) as the ability to read and write (Literacyonline.org; Wikipedia; American Heritage Online Dictionary). Adding to … Continue reading

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