Introduction


Hello and welcome to the official Language Today Podcast Project blog. My name is Heather and I am your host. To give you a breif history, this project started as an outlandish idea in a Curriculum Development course that I was taking in Fall 2008 at Union University. The original project was called TESL Today. TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language. The premise of the program was a forum for ESL Teachers, Teacher educators, TESL majors, and anyone else interested in the following issues:

  • Teaching Methodology
  • Classroom Management
  • Cultural Competency/Current Events
  • Technology/Media Usage
  • EFL/ESL Opportunities
  • Education Administration
  • Networking
  • Conferences, Seminars, and other Educational Programs

However, there was somethings that I realized, language in general is highly intercultural in nature. We have to communicate with one another, regardless of the languages we speak. We have to be able to understand one another, regardless of whether or not we agree with what is being said.   Language is something we can not escape whether it is written, spoken, or signified. That language has varied ranges: Modern foreign langauges, classical languages, heritage language, indigenous, creoles, and the issues that these topics embrace along with those mentioned in the first part of this blog:

  • Bilingual education/Heritage Langauge learning
  • Job Opportunities through language learning
  • Finding Higher Education opportunities

As you probably noticed, I mentioned that this is supposed to be a podcast project. However, seeing that I am still in the process of getting some equipment together, this blog will serve as the “program” for now.

Thank you and I look forward to your responses. For now, I am going to leave you with a clip from Memphis Fox13 News:

http://www.myfoxmemphis.com/dpp/news/local/082410-dea-‘ebonics’-plan-sparks-controversy

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~ by animeheather on 31/08/2010.

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