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

Super Photo Corner – Japan – The Manga Museum

One site that sightseers recommended was the Kitakyushu Manga Museum.  I've only read one manga comic in my life. Growing up, one friend always gave me books for my birthday.  At the time, I thought my love of video games masked my dislike of reading.  However, I somehow found the motivation to read every book … Continue reading Super Photo Corner – Japan – The Manga Museum