Sociolinguistics studies affect on practical TESL

#3 Discuss how the topics in sociolinguistics will affect your practice in TESL and other relationships.

This Sociolinguistics class covered a variety of topics, and has proven very enlightening about communication styles and political attitudes in the United States concerning language education and very practical in how to deal with communications between cultures and genders. Continue reading

Clever Marketing: Nothing replaces water

I love Denver Water’s minimalistic approach that is eye catching and effectively communicates their message: “Use only what you need.”  Below is one part of a wider campaign they did starting with a park bench.Only what you need

‘Use only what you need’.

See more of the marketing at  Nothing replaces water.

The Importance of Intercultural Communication Skills

Why Intercultural Communication Skills are Important to Me

I have often heard people say, “The world is getting smaller.” Yes, in a sense it is true more people are coming into contact with different people as travel and communication across the globe increases Since each of us will, no doubt, be coming into contact with someone from a culture different from our own, it is necessary for us to be able to communicate.  If we are unable to communicate with other cultures, we will become completely centered on our own culture and miss out on the blessings and ideas found in other cultures.

Intercultural communication is important to me, not only to gain from other cultures, but so I can understand others better.  Each person I meet has different backgrounds and a culture different from my own.  Whether as part of an occupation or in a friendship, understanding differences in culture helps me to be more understanding and enjoy the value of our different qualities. Continue reading

Generalized Marketing

The other day, I got a letter from a phone company.

It was addressed to “Valued Michigan Resident.” I was so touched that I nearly wept with joy at this expression of appreciation as I tossed the unopened letter into the trash.

I’d rather get a letter that’s addressed to “You!” than some cheesy expression calling me some no-name “valued” resident.