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New York State Program Uses Text Messages To Teach English As A Second Language

The Huffington Post | Tanisha Ramirez | Posted 11.30.2015 | Latino Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Candelaria Lopez had tried to learn English before, but it didn't work. She couldn't always make it to class, and when she could...

20 Misused Words That Make Smart People Look Dumb

Dr. Travis Bradberry | Posted 12.01.2015 | Business
Dr. Travis Bradberry

We're all tempted to use words that we're not too familiar with. Point is, we can all benefit from opportunities to sharpen the saw and minimize our mistakes.

Mastering English in Iran: Ticket to Modernity

Setareh Sabety | Posted 11.19.2015 | World
Setareh Sabety

This insistence on learning English wasn't because they were immigrants or exiled when I was growing up, but because even in their own country, in the sixties and seventies, speaking English meant progress and set them apart from the masses, it reaffirmed their elite status.

Diversity of International Students in the US

Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D. | Posted 11.17.2015 | Education
Rahul Choudaha, Ph.D.

The latest Open Doors data indicates yet another year of growth in international student enrollment. Between 2009 and 2014, the number of international students has increased by 41 per cent to reach a total of 974,926.

Exploring English In The Age Of Emojis

Marjorie Freimuth | Posted 11.12.2015 | Books
Marjorie Freimuth

If we didn't allow English to evolve, we would hardly have words enough to express ourselves in our modern society, and we'd still be greeting each other by saying "Ēadig, þec tō mētenne."

7 Surprising Ways Your English Major Will Come in Handy

Avelist | Posted 11.11.2015 | College

I never studied English because I knew it would secure me a high-paying job, but because I love reading and writing. Which, as it turns out, are pretty useful skills when it comes to searching for a job. Next time someone asks you "What are you planning on doing with your English degree?" you'll have your answer ready: "Whatever I want."

The Most Beautiful Part of One Teacher's Job

Quora | Posted 10.25.2015 | Education

The most beautiful part of my job is the responses of kids and their parents when the job's all done.

Word Origin Comics: Could You Be a Bigot? Only Your Beard Knows for Sure

Larry Paros | Posted 10.16.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Bigots take things at face value, and in today's world any swarthy male with a beard tends to invoke suspicion. Beards do, after all, have their detractors.

Ellie Gilbert: You Are Worth Something.

A Teacher Like You | Posted 10.15.2015 | Education
A Teacher Like You

Every day at school, I feel like I'm paying back a debt to every teacher I've ever had. I've been given this beautiful gift, and I get to re-gift it. The fact that I get to do that every single day? That's wonderful.

Word Origin Comics: That Certain Something in the Air -- Could it be You?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.12.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Good writers never put on airs. What makes me mad is arrogance, pretension, putting on airs. ...

Word Origin Comics:How Classy Are You Really?

Larry Paros | Posted 10.06.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Let's have a class about class. It's not easy.

Poet Passionately Explains Why Ebonics Is The Backbone Of Black Culture

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 10.06.2015 | Black Voices

"Ebonics is the official language of the undefined black culture, the native tongue to the underrepresented black American."   That is what Steve...

Word Origin Comics: For Witty People and Sophisticates Only...All Others Go Away

Larry Paros | Posted 10.02.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

"Despite all that education and experience can do, I retain a certain level of unsophistication that I cannot eradicate and that my friends find amusi...

Word Origin Comics: Snobs of the World Unite! You Have Nothing to Lose But Your Disdain

Larry Paros | Posted 09.30.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Is that your nose that's up in the air? Could you possibly be a snob? "People who hold important positions in society are commonly labeled "somebodi...

Word Origin Comics: So What Do You Really Know...Anyhow?

Larry Paros | Posted 09.29.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Do you feel that the genius in you has somehow been overlooked?

Word Origin Comics: Let's Hear it for all the Fools and Silly People Out There!

Larry Paros | Posted 09.22.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

For all you grim rationalists who traffic in sound logic: "Do a loony-goony dance 'Cross the kitchen floor, Put something silly in the world That ...

Adding The Word "Modefolkers" To Political Vocabulary

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 09.21.2015 | Politics
Liaquat Ali Khan

For some time, I've been thinking of coining the word modefolkers for inclusion into political vocabulary. Modefolker is a compound word that joins two existing words, mode and folk. The transitive verb is modefolk and the noun is modefolker. As explained below, modefolker means a person who belligerently defends the mainstream values of a culture or community.

Pennsylvania's Only Latina Lawmaker Gets Cut Off Arguing Against English-Only Bill

The Huffington Post | Janie Velencia | Posted 09.22.2015 | Politics

Pennsylvania's only Latina legislator was interrupted and had her microphone turned off on Monday while she was arguing during a House committee...

Word Origin Comics: Idiots or Idiosyncrasies. You Pays Your Money and You Takes Your Choice

Larry Paros | Posted 09.11.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Pick from the following: "Fletcher appeared beside her. He peered at the baby. "Can it do any tricks yet?" "I'm still working on it. Want to hold he...

Word Origin Comics: By the Sweat of Our Brows We Shall Know Thee

Larry Paros | Posted 09.08.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

At present the distinction [between highbrow and lowbrow books] is certainly used to allow us the satisfaction of despising certain authors and readers without imposing on us the labour of showing that they are bad.

Word Origins Comics: It's Hip to Be Square

Larry Paros | Posted 09.04.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Enough about oddballs and out of the box activity. Let's hear it for the ordinary folk, their humble origins, and their impact on the language...

Carly Fiorina Thinks English Is The Official Language. It's Not.

The Huffington Post | Elise Foley | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

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Stanley Fish on One End of a Log and Carly Fiorina on the Other: Can Schooling Get Any Better Than That?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.31.2015 | Politics
Larry Paros

Stanley Fish recently made a tongue-in-cheek endorsement of Carly Fiorina for Secretary of Education. OMG! Strange bedfellows indeed -- a philosopher, detached from the real world and an entrepreneurial opportunist thoroughly immersed in it.

Word Origin Comics: Who Are Those Masked Men and Crusading Women?

Larry Paros | Posted 08.27.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Guess who? "They are the ones who act first and talk later. They are fiercely independent thinkers who know how to fight the lizard brain (to use Set...

Word Origin Comics: Black Sheep and Bellwethers... and Lambs to the Slaughter

Larry Paros | Posted 08.21.2015 | Books
Larry Paros

Tend to get fleeced? No sense being sheepish about it. It's merely time to separate the sheep from the goats. But not without a word of warning.