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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 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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