A Personal Reflection on Giving Back

It has been especially gratifying being able to give back to The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada and London, Ontario. I hope that others will enjoy the event. Moving to London was the start of a long journey for my family. The globe truly has been our home, but London, Ontario remains a place that is special to my family. Many thanks to Call the Office and to Tony Lima in particular for helping make it possible for Deadbeat Poets and Blue Ash to bring their joy to so many people. I look forward to more Brains and Hearts events in the future. If you have any ideas, please let me know. The Brain Tumour Foundation has helped my family and other families that I know as well as my own. The work that The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada does for so many individuals and families in very difficult circumstances has been crucial to my family. As much I hope that nobody else will go through what my family has gone through, I do want as many people as possible to know that The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada is there for all Canadians.

Co-operation in Conversation

In order to ascertain whether communication has been co-operative, an interlocutor has some maxims to consider. As a consultant, it is important to identify for clients with concerns about effectiveness when co-operation has broken down. A brief description of the maxims of conversation is often useful for helping clients identify their specific concerns.

Communicative Language Teaching

We, as teachers and consultants, may enjoy the study of pragmatics or semantics (or something else!), but it is important, we believe, to revisit teaching methodology and teaching methods in a principled manner. Jack C. Richards is a welcome voice for many teachers and consultants concerned with how learners acquire skills and competencies. We hope that you enjoy his discussion of communicative language teaching in the link below.

Summer Courses

Summer courses have been most successful for students in terms of reaching the goals students set for themselves. It is always a pleasure to witness students reaching their goals of being accepted into the programs they ranked first in their areas of study. A summer spent assisting new students pass rigorous standardized examinations so that they, too, can enter programs they will benefit from is a summer to remember.

Two individuals who helped the teachers at Globe Educational Services become professional educators able to help students from diverse backgrounds have written a book that will help not only pre-service teachers but also teachers at any point in their careers who are attempting innovation in a specific context for the benefit of students . Anybody interested in bottom-up approaches to teaching innovation would, we believe, be interested in the book and the interview.  To try to encourage readers to listen to the interview, we will let you discover the name of the book on your own should you not already know the book. Having had to innovate this summer led us to revisit the work discussed in the interview.