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My name is not teacher, and neither is yours.

Learning English is a difficult endeavor.  It is more so when English is a foreign language and real world exposure is limited.  Exposure to a single English speaker or small group in a classroom setting makes learning effective English even more difficult.  This blog examines some of the aspects of The Prussian Schooling System (Cubberley, 1920 pp. 455-89) prevalent in…

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The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value

In How to Think: The Liberal Arts and Their Enduring Value, Professor Michael D. C. Drout gives an impassioned defense and celebration of the value of the liberal arts. Charting the evolution of the liberal arts from their roots in the educational system of Ancient Rome through the Middle Ages and to the present day, Drout shows how the liberal arts have…

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What’s in a Name?

The History of English Podcast: Episode 117: What’s In a Name? http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2018/10/16/episode-117-whats-in-a-name/ This is an excellent description of the history of English names and surnames. An absolute essential for understanding and teaching forms of address and register.

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New Thoughts on the Origins of Human Speech

http://www.archaeology.org/news/5197-170112-baboons-vowels-speech Learning about the origins of human speech is informative for second language acquisition endeavors. This article gives great insights into the motives for speech and language functions.

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The History of English Podcast: Episode 101

The History of English Podcast: Episode 101: The Birth of English Song http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/10/11/episode-101-the-birth-of-english-song/ The best points here for EFL teachers are the Middle English grammar constructions with ‘what’ that mirror Spanish speakers’ errors with What/How. ”What do you say __x__?’ is unlike modern Spanish and Modern English; however it would be correct M.E.!

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Course Review: English Grammar and Style | edX

https://www.edx.org/course/english-grammar-style-uqx-write101x-6 The University of Queensland’s Grammar and Style course is a deep dive into applying complex grammar in writing. There’s a heavy focus on grammar meaning and the connotations that grammar holds at the sentence level. I felt that the rubrics and the peer editing were the highlights. I definitely gained insights into editing my learners’ writing. By using some…

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Prefixes and Prepositions

The History of English Podcast: Episode 104: Prefix Preferences http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/12/18/episode-104-prefix-preferences/ Episode 104 tracks the development of prefixes and preposirions. This is great information on in/on and for vs. por.

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The History of Books and Why Copyright fosters Ignorance

The History of English Podcast: Episode 106: An Illuminating Development http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2017/12/31/episode-106-an-illuminating-discovery/ This episode makes a great indirect case against copyright and similar ideas. If copyright had been invented in 1200, you wouldn’t be able to read this because the book market would never have developed.

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Middle English and Modern High Frequency Collocations

The History of English Podcast: Episode 107: Parlez-Vous Anglais? http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2018/01/15/episode-107-parlez-vous-anglais/ The highlight in this episode is the translation between Middle English and Modern English. The notable high frequency Germanic words are non cognate with Spanish. Those words are especially important for Spanish Speakers learning English to know and collocate well.

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The History and Evolution of English Verbs

The History of English Podcast: Episode 108: On the Move http://historyofenglishpodcast.com/2018/02/09/episode-108-on-the-move/ Episode 108 walks us through the history of several English verbs and  their cognates. This is one of those superlative episodes that flows from one word family to another in support of the narrative.