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A.R. & Proud

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I think I'm finally at the point in my physical therapy journey where I can get back in the pool. However, to make sure I don't over do it, I won't bring my goggles and I won't bring my swim cap. But gosh, it will be nice to get back in the water.

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At the end of the last semester one of my very sweet students gave me this:

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Have I really not blogged for two months? Well, time flies when you are having fun. Let's see, since we talked last I have:* been to Madrid, Spain for a great family vacation* taught American English pronunciation for 7 hours a week at Clark College for 6 weeks* got hit by a car while driving my car

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My Spanish class in high school put together a special year book. Here is my page from it.

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March is ... well, was Colon Cancer month here in the United States. The Colon Cancer Foundation was showing a video to

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I recently send this email to Judy

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Here are four things to remember when you are learning English. Or any new skill or task.1. You are not alone. Ask for help.

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My sharp eyed readers will notice the pun I used in the blog post title. Yes, normally, the phrase is, "Get the hell out of here!" but in my case, I am talking to high heels. And thus, the pun.I'm done with high heels. I. will. not. wear. them. any. more. They hurt my back, they hurt my knees and they keep me ho

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Wednesday was my last night teaching English

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I know what people will say when I tell them I am trying to find more clients (students) for my American English Tutoring business. "Oh, you should write a blog just about American English." Right. But I can't do that. I can't show just one part of me (even if it is a subject I talk about all the time) it makes me fe

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If you are an advanced American English learner, I highly suggest the book Correct Your English Errors, by Tim Collins. It's a small book, but Mr. Collins has packed a lot of great information into it.You may ne

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I have been a big fan of the

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The Internet is littered with sites about teaching American English. I look around it and go from annoyed to livid. I want to fix it, but how? The Internet does not need more videos about speaking English, random blurbs about idiomatic phrases, or vocabulary lists. There are too many already.My skill, my talent,

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IMPROVINGIf you want to do something well, you usually nee

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Like most Americans, if I am lazy, I make lots of mistakes when I write. But since I am teaching English as a second/foreign language to students, I have to be careful. In addition, I need to explain concepts to my students, not just tell them, "Because I said so." So I need to really understand a concept before attempting

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Many of my ESL or EFL students are very hard on themselves. They get upset that their English isn't perfect. So while I am happy to teach them the difference between /p/ and /b/ and point out that they aren't using articles (a, an, the) or help them learn new vocabulary words, I think one of the most important things I can

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One of the most valuable tools I have in my English teaching arsenal is my tablet. If I've prepared a lesson plan on fruits & vegetables but then a student asks what a giraffe looks like, rather than trying to act it out (Yes, I've tried this. It didn't work.) I can pull it up on my tablet and the student understands in

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I currently teach 2 English Conversation Circles classes a week. That means I am responsible for two lesson plans a week. And since the classes are different levels, and since I hadn't found a book or coursework that I liked 100%, I have been basically writing 2 unique lesson plans a week for the past 6 months

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Back in May of 2013 I stopped lifting weights. I know this because the last day I charted was May 20th and the chart has a layer of dust on it. Why did I stop? The allergy shots made weight lifting too hard. I couldn't breathe, and it was just too hard to do. So I stopped.One could argue that all of my swimming

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With my beginner ESL students, vocabulary development and pronunciation practice is very important. So I try to come up with ways for them to practice the vocabulary words of the day over and over for about 90 minutes without wanting to poke out my eyes.So here are some of my tricks:(I don't usually

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Ah, food. Some of it is fussy, but most of it is delicious. And although I am often content to eat the same thing day after day, sometimes I need something new to fall in love with.Enter ...1. Beating The Lunch Box Blues

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I have been swimming for a year now, and I've gone through a few rites of passage: the destroyed bathing suit, the scratched goggles, and last night, the exploding swim cap. But I've found a swimsuit I like, the rip in my fins hasn't lengthened, and I know the best lane to have, most of the lifeguards, and how to circle swi

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Although my current allergies force me to love dogs and cats and such from afar, the internet has made it incredibly easy to still get a dose of their cuteness.Here are three web-sites that let you enjoy animals in new and unusual ways:1. Dog Shami

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In our house we tend to watch the entirety of something, whether it be all The Star Trek movies, James Bond movies, or Wagner's Ring Cycle (that's 15 hours of opera, and we've watched it twice.) Now, in honor of his

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I sit here bathed in sweat. I was mad and so I decided to do something about it. Mad that over the last year or so I have gained weight that I do not want. Whether it was during my excruciating 2 month sinus infection or my grueling and exhausting allergy shot therapy, I'm not really sure. I was forced to live with this ext

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I am now about two weeks in without a weekly allergy shot. I have more energy, I'm not as irritable, and I am starting to care about things again. Things like lunch. Rather than snacking on whatever my husband got at the deli this week, I am actually going to have pesto tuna pasta salad with roaste

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Friday is my last weekly allergy shot. And frankly, I am getting a little teary eyed about it. Yes, I will still have to get them every 4-6 weeks, but that means my body has time to recover fully between shots, instead of the strange and stressful merry go round of weekly shots. 2 days of misery, 2 days of melancholy, then

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After this week, I will have 5 more weeks of weekly allergy shots. 5 more weeks of itchy and cranky weekends, 5 more weeks of only feeling at 80%. And then? I only have to go get shots every 4-6 weeks. So here is what I wish for once the allergy shots aren't always taxing my system:

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Even if you haven't heard the affectionate nickname for them, you have most likely heard of what it stands for: Massive Open Online Courses. They are college courses that are free and open to the entire world. In many cases, you can even e

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I cannot recall exactly when it started happening, but a few weeks (months?) ago my allergy shots starting getting stronger. Which meant I was having local reactions at each injection site, plus I felt miserable from 24-48 hours after the shots. My weekends were spent lying in bed or watching silly movies made for kids.

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