THE JOURNAL
Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts.
-Mark Twain

Blogs About Teaching, Language and Culture

The journal is a place where we feature blogs about teaching language, culture, their intersection, the craft of teaching as well as an explorations into the nature of learning itself.  It’s a place where we can explore those stories that evoke and stir our own sense of wonder for it is this sense of wonder that we feel is so precious to steward in both ourselves as teachers and within the students we teach.  In that sense, the teacher part of us stays connected to that aspect within us that is childlike and curious about the world.  By following our fascination, we continuously stoke the flame of wonder inside of us which feeds our teaching practice.  We have a particular fascination with the deeper layers of culture that lie beneath the veneer of what constitutes the popular culture that is associated with English language speaking countries like the USA, Ireland, Great Britain, and others.  We will also explore the “otherness” of other cultures and cultural traditions from around the world.  We feel there are many stories that demonstrate the complexity of how culture and language are interrelated and showcase the remarkable ability of the human spirit to help us to adapt to foreign and challenging circumstances–something that is a hallmark quality in good students.  We seek to tell these stories.

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