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July 12, 2009

Arabic, Pashto, French or Dari, Anyone?

Most TESOL instructors get their training and background in the civilian world, but when it comes to learning the less common languages like Arabic, Pashto, and Dari, you might be advised to look...

...somewhere else for language and cultural expertise.

As every overseas instructor finds out - quickly - comprehensive knowledge beyond language is crucial. Cultural tutors are central - as is practical cultural knowledge, sensitivity and awareness — including non-verbal gestures, etiquette, and norms of politeness — that are critical for successful - and safe - communication.

Tactical Language Training LLC is open to non-military language learners at http://tacticallanguage.com/.

Here are just a a few of the language situations Tactical Language Training LLC focuses on -
* Meeting strangers
* Introducing other people
* Making inquiries
* Getting directions
* Numbers, colors, and compass points
* Describing yourself
* Building rapport
* Defusing a tense situation
* Compliments
* Invitations
* Offering and insisting politely
* Being a guest in an Iraqi home
* Arab hospitality
* Duties of a guest
* Establishing a relationship
* Closing a meeting

Over 20,000 servicemen from the USA and Australia have successfully used this program. Will it work for you?
Check them out.

We are all learning. And it is always more fun to learn together. We can learn as much from the past as from the present.

I have asked readers of this blog to submit their dream job (related to language instruction). Send yours. The best length would be about 200-350 words. Over the next week or so, I'll be collecting them and I'll post the best one(s) and send the best writer this CD.

Yes, I'll send it anywhere in the world as long as you have a valid mailing address. Sound good? Then get writing!

I'll be doing several of these over the next few months. Good luck to all!


Listen, read and speak. Make your new language your own.

What do you most want to do? Where would you like to be? Who would you want to work with?

About the author of this entry:

Morf has a B.A.from the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and an MAT (Master's in Teaching English) from the University of Washington (Seattle). Morf currently teaches English and writing for a local technical/vocational college with many international students. Morf prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

He is also waiting for an irresistible job offer...

Posted by mmorf at July 12, 2009 09:50 PM

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Hi Mort,

I just came across your blog and applaud your discussion about technology as an educational aid. I think that you and your readers will find the following video from Newsy.com interesting.


The "video snapshots" on Newsy set the site up as a great new(s) resource by providing ready-made subjects for classroom discussions or debates. A real bonus is the transcripts, which can be used to prepare exercises (gap-fill, listening comprehension, etc.). Categories include World, Economy, U.S., Politics, Tech/Science, Environment and Culture. I hope that you will consider embedding the video on ESL Lesson Plan.


Jessi Stafford
Community at Newsy.com

Posted by: Jessi Stafford at July 20, 2009 01:38 PM

Thanks Jessi -

All the teachers I know always need resources and topics for discussion.

These look really good!

Thanks for your suggestion. I expect these will be well used and appreciated.

Thanks again -


Posted by: Morf at July 20, 2009 07:15 PM

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