Monthly Archives: December 2013

My First Academic Conference!

Last weekend I attended my first academic conference, and it was amazing. I got to meet a whole bunch of researchers, including some big names that I’ve read and seen cited many, many times. I also got to present a

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Who decides what English-speaking culture is?

In my last post, I wrote that English no longer belongs to native speakers. I have no intention of cheapening, dismissing or denigrating our culture as native English speakers. I absolutely believe that English comes loaded with culture, and is

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Is teaching English a form of linguistic imperialism?

I teach English, because I want to help people learn to communicate better with one another. English is the language of international communication, by and large, and I want my students to be able to join in that culture. At

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