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Hello Everyone,

(Before getting into the "thrust" of this post, I do wish to share that my trip to Paris for "NYE 2015" was a wonderful trip, and how glad I am to have seen all that I had cared to see while I was there. Now, on with the post.)

(Photo courtesy of Dan Carchidi 01 via Flickr Creative Commons)

Teaching overseas opens up a whole new world to you. You experience new cultures, different ways of thinking, and you learn to live in different physical circumstances than you might in the U.S.

It is with easy strokes of this keyboard that I quickly bring an end to my posting in this blog for this year with my last post for 2014.

I will likely skip the next post in two weeks, as I will be celebrating NYE 2015 in Paris, and so I will likely return with comments about my trip.

It’s the holiday season – slightly more than a week to go before Christmas – which means it is time to make sure dear old grandma’s insurance is paid up.  I’ve been recruiting ESL teachers for 10 years, and have a decade’s worth of data showing that more grandparents die the week before Christmas than any other week of the year.

When a student encounters a new word, it is unlikely that he will remember it. Helping your students acquire new vocabulary should be an incremental process. Some students want to receive a list of 20 words every week to memorize. As a teacher, however, it is essential that you encourage your students to try to master maybe up to five words a week.

From the time it was founded, America has a strong tradition of being one of the most innovative countries in the world. From the time of Robert Fulton and Alexander Bell, Henry Ford, NASA, IBM, and Boeing, to Bill Gates and Steve Jobs- the US has been at the forefront of technological revolution in the last two centuries.

Wow...

Students at the university where I'm typing this from are on "high alert", attempting to finish all that's needed with the end of the semester.

I know this because I just went to use the bathroom, and found somebody using this computer where I'm typing this update, even though I was clearly logged in, and had my gloves at the keyboard along with my coffee cup.

This ESL gig which, despite my doubts in the beginning, has turned into an extended endeavoring profession. Gosh golly who'da thunk it?!

I've started my 8th year of teaching; I am learning to teach my 5th disciplinary subject, coping with the living arrangements of a 7th country, and getting ready to put down a lot of ideas into ink and action...

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