Judy's blog

'Sound it Out' is Bullying

Literacy is a field I'm very passionate about. Teaching children to read isn't divergent from teaching English learners to speak (as I do in the Backpacker's Guide series) they are two sides of the same alphabet-doesn't-make-sense coin. The breakdown for both is poorly trained teachers with no idea the damage they cause by mindlessly repeating old wives tales about English that have been around for a long time, but were never true. ESL and Literacy deliver garbage material and lay blame on the learner when success isn't realized. Shame on Education.

Time's Up on Education

New Zealand Stops Standardized Testing is one of the most exciting headlines I've read in a long time. That it's reflective of a global movement is even more exciting.
Annas Pilonia recently posted, "As parents, teachers and educational leaders, we need to unite as one group and start inspiring change through education." And he included a link to an article by Carl Gardiner who says, "Currently the system is based on deliverables that mean the teacher is almost shackled towards one way of teaching and we agree that this is not the best method."

The Greatest English Language Teaching Mind in the World Today

In 2012. I noticed eight English teachers from my vast array of global connections who were head and shoulders ahead of the curve as far as teaching English was concerned. Rita Baker - UK, Peggy Tharpe - USA, Judit Angeli - Hungary, Teresa Almeida d'Eca - Portugal, Jennifer England - Spain, Jason West - UK, Andrew Weiler - Australia. Denise Eide - USA and me - Canada. All of us had experienced so much frustration and dismay with the lame way ESL, EFL, ELL... were being taught, we each had developed new and vastly superior programs.

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