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About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.

Arizona Changes How English Language Learners Are Taught

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed Senate Bill 1014 into law, eliminating the controversial four-hour mandated block of English-language instruction (ELL) for English language learners in the state. ELL teachers now have more flexibility to tailor instruction to meet the … Continue reading

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State Policies In The USA Impacting Career and Technical Education (CTE) In 2018

2018 was a significant year for Career Technical Education (CTE). In 2018, 42 states and Washington, D.C., passed a total of 146 policy actions related to CTE and career readiness, including legislation, executive orders, board of education actions, budget provisions … Continue reading

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Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza (Life In The Shadows) by Gloria Anzaldua

Books allow the dead to speak to the living. All writers know this basic fact, that we become immortal by the very act of writing. Today, I picked up a copy of a book called, “Borderlands, La Frontera” by Gloria … Continue reading

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#Chile – English Opens Doors Program: 2019 Volunteer Application Process is Now Open!

The English Opens Doors Program (Programa Inglés Abre Puertas) is an initiative supported by the Chilean Ministry of Education. For more information about the organization of the Ministry of Education and where our program falls within the hierarchy, please click … Continue reading

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Chile necesita los mejores profesores

"Chile necesita los mejores profesores". Te invitamos a leer esta carta de nuestra directora, Francisca Díaz ➡️ — CPEIP Mineduc (@CPEIP_mineduc) 6 de febrero de 2019 miércoles, 06 de febrero de 2019 Señor Director: En relación con la nota … Continue reading

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The English We Speak: “My Bad”

My bad… English belongs to its users. In other words, you use English as a tool to express yourself. The words you choose to use belong to you, the user. If I want to understand you, I must pay close … Continue reading

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The Spyce Boys: The Future Of Cooking Food

Spyce is the world’s first restaurant featuring a robotic kitchen that cooks complex meals to order. All bowls on the menu cost $7.50. The restaurant’s motto is: Boston, Don’t Settle For Cold Kale. Culinary Excellence Elevated By Technology Founded by … Continue reading

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Bob Dylan And Vocational Education In Chile: “The Times They Are A Changing”

Foto: TP Mineduc An entire month (February 2019) is dedicated to technical and vocational education in Arkansas (USA). That seems hard to believe, because logic would judge this as excessive. Counter-intuitively, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recently proclaimed February as Career … Continue reading

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My Story Is Your Story

╚► Writing, writing and writing again, that is my story. The common thread that holds everything together is plain and simple: writing. Everything is nothing without writing. Writing is what makes it something for everyone. Yes, it is fair … Continue reading

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Corpus Linguistics: Using The BNC With English Language Learners

The British National Corpus (BNC) is my favourite corpus. What’s yours? All teachers should have a favourite corpus. For many years, I preferred to use a free, online vocabulary profiler called LexTutor. In fact, I still use it when I … Continue reading

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