Wait. Do I teach “NPR Voice?”

I recently stumbled across this NYT article from 2015 on "NPR Voice". In it, Teddy Wayne decries what he describes as a "tic" but which really seems to be an entire delivery style. He sums it up as "semi-informal first-person narration". The style uses "looser language" and "generously employs pauses". He doesn't provide any audio examples … Continue reading Wait. Do I teach “NPR Voice?”

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Black Panther, Blackface, and the Chinese Movie Market

At this point, I probably don't have to tell you that Black Panther is a significant film in dozens of ways. (If this is news to you, maybe this Time article will provide some perspective.) This article isn't about what Black Panther means for African Americans, for white non-Africans' perspective of Africa, or for actors and creators … Continue reading Black Panther, Blackface, and the Chinese Movie Market

Where are all the lady occult detectives?

I've got a serious soft spot for modern occult detectives. Investigating things that go bump in the night with a bit of first-person snark and a hefty dose of old-fashioned detective tropes? Trenchcoats and cigarettes and abandoned houses? Shady characters and dangerous liaisons? Sign me UP! I've been thinking about occult detective tropes because I … Continue reading Where are all the lady occult detectives?

Hey Debate Teachers? We Can Do Better. (Post-CELTA Ideas and Reflections)

Background I recently got my CELTA, the gold standard for entry-level certificates in Teaching English as a Second Language. It was a super intense month of teaching practice, lesson planning, grammar analysis, and teaching theory. I learned a whole lot about teaching, communication, and the English language. I also realized dozens of ways I could … Continue reading Hey Debate Teachers? We Can Do Better. (Post-CELTA Ideas and Reflections)