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Why Teach Creative Language?

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Tuesday, March 28, 2017, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 

The next time you’re at Home Depot, IKEA, or even some grocery stores, you may have a choice to use ‘Self-Service Checkout’ (i.e. automation), or wait in line a little longer in order to have the opportunity to interact with a human.

Our society is moving toward automation, and it is crowding out many lower-end jobs, and even changing mid-range jobs (like career advisory businesses).

Parallel to this, the language promoted in most group ESL settings is geared toward finding a job. Eve...


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The Holland Hexagram as a Tool for Self-Remembering

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Friday, April 17, 2015, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 


The Holland Hexagram is widely used to help people understand themselves and guide their choice of career. Of course humans are far more complicated than this map can indicate—just as a recipe for peppermint lemonade will not quench thirst, but only provide a suggestion for how to do so well.

Read through the descriptions and think about, (and if you like, write) brief answers to these questions:

·       Which description sounds most like me?
·       Which description sounds least like m...


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What is Perfect English?

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Monday, December 29, 2014, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 
The notion of perfection is a very personal one. At the same time, some elements we might agree on are beauty, skilfulness, and clarity. There is no one true perfection, nor one true beauty, but most of us would like to merge with our own ideal self and live it out. That is my idea of perfection. That is my idea of beauty. That is what I had in mind when I wrote this book for my subsequent language learner students, but it is a message for all my friends as well.



This book is available on Amaz...
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The Beauty and Mystery of Language

Posted by Suzanne Banay Santo on Monday, May 5, 2014, In : Subsequent Language Acquisition 


Orgyen Tobgyal Rinpoche, the charismatic and learned Tibetan lama colleague and friend of Sogyal Rinpoche, told a story to us which I will retell, in a nutshell.

A great lama was travelling, accompanied by his attendant. He had to have a bowel movement, and had nothing to wipe with. His attendant brought out a newspaper. The lama recoiled in horror. “But why?” the attendant asked. “It’s only English!”

Precisely what happened then is not clear, however even lowly English could not ...


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