Confronting Native Speakerism (Part Two)

Last week I shared what I learned about Native-speakerism - a neo-racist ideology that elevates native speakers of English (most often white Western speakers) into a position of cultural superiority.  This produces wide-ranging impacts in classrooms, between co-workers, and between English teachers themselves. I found this workshop both eye-opening and disheartening.  Moreover, it produced an … Continue reading Confronting Native Speakerism (Part Two)

Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)

On March 9th, 2019, I spent a lovely afternoon at the KOTESOL Gwangju-Jeonnam Regional Conference.  I embraced opportunities for professional development, networking, and distraction from more vice-like pastimes. One presentation entailed a discussion on Native-Speakerism in Korea.  As a U.S. citizen, I grew up learning that most sociological -ism's implied “discrimination against” or “systems that oppress.” Racism … Continue reading Confronting Native Speakerism (Part One)

Super Photo Corner – Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali

After 18 months abroad, I had the privilege of visiting home soil again.  I whiled away two weeks in California snowboarding, watching movies, and gorging myself on Mexican food and ice cream until my stomach bulged and I prayed for the sweet relief of kimchi and death. My Dad was somewhat happy to see me.  … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Going Going Back Back To Cali Cali

3 Tips to Make Your Travel More Difficult

Let’s face it - sometimes traveling is too easy.  We give companies hundreds of dollars for the privilege of sitting in wheeled and winged technological marvels for hours of lower-back-breaking monotony.  We tolerate this convenient sacrifice for the purpose of visiting new lands, reconnecting with relatives, taking selfies at world landmarks. Does travel ever feel … Continue reading 3 Tips to Make Your Travel More Difficult