Musings about TESOL & A Look at Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English)

I am preparing to venture into the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). This fall I have volunteered to teach and tutor ESL classes for students through two different local community organizations. I am excited about this prospect but also a bit apprehensive because, although I’ve taught English in the past to adult learners, teaching English to students from foreign countries requires an approach that differs from the methods I’ve used in the classroom.  As I embark upon this new journey, I’d like to periodically share with you my experiences and an assessment of the multitude of ESL learning resources for both teachers and learners.

After browsing through numerous reference books for students who are at a beginner’s level in learning to speak English, I’ve decided to use the Oxford Picture Dictionary (Monolingual English) 2nd edition as the primary medium for tutoring.

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Blog Tour~ Operation Paris (Super Agents # 2) + Giveaway

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Today’s spotlight is Misty Evans’ Super Agent series with her re-release of Operation Paris. If you like romantic suspense, read on for an excerpt from the book and to learn more about the series.  You also  have a chance to win a copy of Operation Sheba, the first book in the series, so enjoy!

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Operation Paris (Super Agents #2) by Misty Evans

Re-Release Date: August 4, 2014

(Originally published in March 2009 as I’d Rather Be In Paris)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

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CIA operative Zara Morgan—codename Tango—has a reputation in Conrad Flynn’s secret army as a renegade. Once held at gunpoint by terrorist Alexandrov Dmitri, she was seconds from saving herself and arresting Dmitri when Lt. Commander Lawson Vaughn, the sexy leader of a covert ops team, intervened. She’s never lived down the fact that everyone—including her boss—believes Lawson is her knight in shining armor.

Former Navy man Lawson Vaughn doesn’t consider himself anyone’s savior. He lives and breathes protocol and hates the fact that his latest assignment is to babysit Zara while she hunts down Dmitri and stops the terrorist from releasing a biological weapon on the world.

But from the time they touch down in Paris, Lawson can’t resist Zara’s sassy attitude and dauntless bravery in the face of danger. When Dmitri kidnaps Zara and injects her with the contagious and deadly virus, Lawson is once again forced to come to her rescue, whether she likes it or not.

With unflinching determination and steadfast courage, Lawson must break all the rules to save Zara, even if it means becoming the one thing he can’t stand…a renegade.

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