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Because my wife and I live in a rural development about 30 minutes south from where we work, we have taken to listening to audio books during our commute. For the most part, we have listened to young adult fiction (entertaining and never contains questionable content like adult fiction), but while I was at the public library one day, I picked up a copy of “Creating Disney Magic” by Lee Cockerell. We had just been to Orlando the month before, so I was curious to see what were the “secrets” behind Disney leadership strategies.

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Despite the fact that I am a native speaker of English and work in an English-speaking country, currently I am what the TESOL culture would call an “ex-pat.” This term, which I have never liked the sound of, refers to someone who lives outside of one’s native country. I live in the USA, but I am from Canada.

I never planned to become an ex-pat. In fact, I don’t really consider myself to be one. When I hear that term, I think of Westerners who abandon their homelands in exchange for exotic locales where they reside for the rest of their lives. Certainly “ex-pat” is rarely used to describe such an extreme, but I have never thought of myself as “leaving” my homeland (i.e., ex-pat) but rather as just “visiting” somewhere else. As it is, the latest visit has lasted just over 5 years this summer. (more…)

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I was entirely focused on the teaching of writing during the two years that I previously attended TESOL (2006 and 2007) . In 2006, I was working on my thesis related to the rating of ESL writing, and in 2007, I was working full-time as the Writing Skill Area Coordinator at the BYU ELC. TESOL contains plenty of writing related sessions, so I dedicated myself almost exclusively to that topic.

However, I took a different approach this year. Although I remain interested in writing (and in fact co-presented a session on ESL writing), I decided to seek out sessions that would help me in the broader context of my teaching and administrative duties. So, I attended sessions on a new topic for me: ITA aka international teaching assistants.

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