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

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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)

CSS (Comparative/Superlative Slaps): A High-Energy Elementary ESL Game

This is a high-energy game that gets students to use comparative and superlatives. I've only played it once, with a CELTA teaching practice group, but they had a blast with it. If you're confused or have questions, leave a comment and I'll do my best to clarify. Making the game: Create a list of 5-10 … Continue reading CSS (Comparative/Superlative Slaps): A High-Energy Elementary ESL Game