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November 03, 2009

All Things Considered - And More

Are you fishing for ideas and inspiration?

As a working teacher, I know I always am. My favorite source for snippets of unlikely and useful information and provocative questions is...

..NPR.

I love the breadth and balance of the international news. You can find it at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1001.

For current (or archived) reviews of movies, music,theatrical productions (and much more!) go to http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1008.

For games and puzzles to exercise your brain muscles take a look at the variety of wares at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1052.

You can find the, ahem, unique game show "Wait, wait...don't tell me" at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=35.

For word puzzle fans, you can't miss Will Shortz and the Sunday puzzle at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4473090.

For a massive array of podcasts, take a look at http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_directory.php?type=title&id=-1. You can find everything from music to history to current events.

A few examples;

PRI: America Abroad Podcast features "archival material and original analysis, and provides the historical context essential to understanding pressing international issues".

PRI: Afropop Worldwide Podcast which offers "cultural reportage from Africa, the Caribbean and the Americas. You will also get segments from our Hip Deep series-within-a-series on history, music and ideas". You can see more at http://www.npr.org/rss/podcast/podcast_detail.php?siteId=102779649.

For a full list of their programs, take a look at http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1008.

I listen to NPR across my schedule and always find lively questions to get my students talking.

I bet you will too!

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

Let me know what it is about English that you find confounding, infuriating or endlessly intriguing.

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

My best to you as you make your way through this intriguing , constantly shifting linguistic landscape.

Morf

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 prefers international and independent films, foods he can't pronounce, music no one else has heard of and riding his bicycle in foreign cities.

Posted by mmorf at November 3, 2009 11:56 PM

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