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June 21, 2004



In preparation for my trip to China, I read An Island of English: Teaching ESL in Chinatown by Danling Fu. She describes the steps taken in one Chinatown middle school to improve the ESL program, in order to get the students up to grade level faster. The interesting thing is that the ESL program is run concurrently with a Chinese Language Arts first-language maintenance program. The teachers all worked with the students to work towards English competency through using the language skills they felt most competent in at first. The students managed to transition gradually from Chinese to Chinese English to English, without feeling they couldn't express themselves. I thought it was a very interesting take on the bilingual education issue.


The night of the fight, you may feel a slight sting. That's pride f*cking with you. F*ck pride. Pride only hurts, it never helps.


Hey name, that is a great line form "pulp fiction", one of my favorite movies of all time.

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