Write to reflect on action

Writer of many home-study courses for Time-Life Educational systems, Ron Bradley, was the English learning trainer who helped certify me to teach others. He has this to say about reflection:   “[Use] reflective practice to improve your teaching and professional growth: ‘If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll […]

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Write ten Forbidden Joys (from The Artist’s Way)

Writers, does writing come easy, or is it hard? Either way, I’m sure you’d prefer it to come naturally. … Today’s writing exercise comes from Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way, a book with 12-weeks of exercises to get yourself unblocked, and write (/be creative) naturally. She calls the exercise “Forbidden […]

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Write to gain perspective (from “The Artful Edit”)

Click here for PDF –_Practice Perspective   This semester I enrolled in Susan Bell’s Fiction Workshop. It runs like most MFA workshops–write material, present it to a classroom of peers, and then a week later listen to their comments/critiques. Bell’s class however, unlike other workshops, has two twists: the first […]

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Write a Story in Future Tense

Click here for a PDF — A Short Story in Five Tenses   As an exercise for my wonder English students at New York Language Center, I asked them to write the final page, all sentences in future tense. It takes a lot of concentration to not run through prose. […]

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Write a Story in Five…sentences, snapshots, parts

Our Writing & Publishing Lab course, lead by Luis Jaramillo and John Reed at The New School, began with one simple exercise: “Write a story in five snapshots.” To do this, we followed what’s called the “Five-part story structure”: (A) First you write Action. (B) Second you write Background. (D) […]

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Idioms

For the polyglots and language lovers, enjoy: “40 Brilliant Idioms” by Helene Batt and Kate Torgovnick May (from TED Blog > Language)   My favorite from the list: From Russian translator Aliaksandr Autayeu: The idiom: Галопом по Европам Literal translation: “Galloping across Europe.” What it means: “To do something hastily, […]

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Leer en Voz Alta

Para los quien quieren leer mejor en voz alta, aquí tienen una herramienta para afilar sus ondas físicas. “Herramientas para leer mejor en voz alta” by Lourdes Morán (from IMAGINAlee)   Varios de los principios presentados los he empleado en mis clases de inglés, como las de practicar trabalenguas. Uno […]

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Chaplin

This video is essentially a multi-vitamin. It energizes, inspires, and boosts your mental metabolism. Consider watching it from time to time, think and feel. The Greatest Speech by Charlie Chaplin (on Youtube)   Please let me know your response in the comment section below.

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The Art of…

The original “Art of” book, in its auditory entirety, is below: Art of War – Sun Tzu (audiobook on Archive.org)   Some of the lessons have always stuck with me, as in “Even if you are competent, appear to be incompetent; Though effective, appear to be ineffective.” Not sure why. […]

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Latin Words & Phrases

To the sophisticated and well-versed reader, below you will find a list of useful Latin words and phrases from the Art of Manliness. Which one from the list is your favorite?   Latin Words and Phrases Every Man Should Know (from Art of Manliness) Mine, from the list: nosce te […]

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