2013 & 2014 Spring & Summer Catalog of Books & Ebooks

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2013 & 2014 Spring & Summer eBook Catalog: Many new books to choose from and interesting pictures too! Amazon Author Author Thomas Jerome Baker

2013 & 2014 Spring & Summer eBook Catalog: Many new books to choose from and interesting pictures too! Amazon Author Author Thomas Jerome Baker

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  • 1. 2012 - 2013 – 2014: Catalog of Books & Personal Message for the Reader(s) Puerto Varas, Chile (View of Llanquihue Lake and Osorno Volcano in the background).
  • 2. Books by Thomas Jerome Baker: Video http://bit.ly/11I88GH Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jerome-Baker/e/B007G9HJFM
  • 3. Most Studious: A Collection of Personal Essays (Volume 1) Paperback http://amzn.to/1918Z6J
  • 4. Most Studious [Kindle Edition] http://amzn.to/15t6TxF Book Description Publication Date: April 21, 2012 For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. Most Studious is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
  • 5. Debating Course
  • 6. The author giving a workshop for teachers at English Summer Town in January 2008, at CPEIP, Santiago Chile.
  • 7. Gabriela and Thomas at his graduation from the combined DELTA/Diplomado Course at Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago.
  • 8. Osorno Professional English Network (OPEN)
  • 9. Osorno Professional English Network (OPEN)
  • 10. English Fair: Universidad de Los Andes
  • 11. Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile(2010-2011). He is the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK in Santiago, Chile. He is the Co- Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, free, participant-driven, democratic, conversation based professional development for teachers, by teachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago. Edcamp Chile 2013 was held at Universidad Ciencias de la Informatica (UCINF) http://edcampsantiago.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/edcamp-chile-2013-a-zen-experience/ . Thomas is also a past member of the Advisory Board for the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as a reviewer and as the HETL Liaison for Chile. Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written the following genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total of sixty-five (65) books overall http://amzn.to/PCX6ho . The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela, and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr. http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jerome- Baker/e/B007G9HJFM .
  • 12. Public Speaking: What Amazing Nonsense You Are Talking! (Volume 1) Paperback: http://amzn.to/142aUbp Kindle: http://amzn.to/17zlBTu To be a good public speaker, never give up. Face your fear. “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” ~ James Baldwin In this book, I share my story, from a variety of angles, of how I face my fear of public speaking. I don't preach, I don't lay out a magic formula. I simply share different ways I deal with public speaking, from a variety of viewpoints, stories, activities, some old, some new. I study people, I do what ancient speakers did to train themselves, like Demosthenes, an ancient Greek lawyer from Athens who was often humiliated and made fun of due to a speech impediment before becoming a much admired public speaker. And then who can forget England's King George, a man with a stammer and a nation to lead. To lead a nation, in wartime, you must speak to your people - in public - in spite of your speech impediment, despite the stammer, despite the fear. I share people and stories and activities that helped me. I am convinced you will be helped, there is something here that will aid you in overcoming your fear.
  • 13. Meet Me In Memphis: A Story of True Love Paperback: http://amzn.to/17zmafQ Kindle: http://amzn.to/14Qqvxn This is a story of true love, a love story, a tale of serendipitous romance and fortuitous misfortune. It's got a familiar feel, mixing in the culture of two nations, and two world- renowned cities, Memphis and Santiago. A romance needs beauty, and this book has the mythological beauty of a goddess present within its pages. And to make it complete, there's a courageous teacher of English, with a dilemma, with a choice to make, a difficult decision to deliver. The reading of this book will cause you to feel the need to travel, to go "Walking in Memphis", to enjoy the culture and customs, the music and the food, soul food. Why not try a delicious pecan pie while you are in Memphis?
  • 14. Five Short Stories: Journey of a Hero, True Love, Impossible Love, A Woman at War & Peace [Kindle Edition] http://amzn.to/1673AJe Paperback: http://amzn.to/19SIzVI "What you are depends on the stories you read." Five must-read stories are told: Journey of a Hero, True Love, Impossible Love, A Woman at War & lastly, Peace. Who is a hero/heroine? Answer: Anyone who does something requiring courage, bravery, disregarding one's own personal safety. Could someone be a hero/heroine without even being aware of their actions? Maybe, but in the end, the reader must decide who, or rather, if the story has a true, hero/heroine. Yet the journey, a quest if you will, for riches, wealth, and power, will be undertaken.
  • 15. I Live In Chile: ¡Viva Chile! Paperback: http://amzn.to/1ed9joT Kindle: http://amzn.to/1ePClts I Live in Chile. ¡Viva Chile! I am fascinated with, and deeply in love with Chile (encantado & enamorado). That will be the main aim of this book, namely, to share my life in, and my love for, this beautiful country, my beloved Chile. I wish to share her with you, much as one would share a bottle of fine wine with a friend. A glass for you, and a glass for me. ¡Viva Chile! Cheers! Chile can be intoxicating to the senses, just as the wine is intoxicating if one is not careful. It is wise to experience her slowly, to take your time, again, as with a bottle of fine wine.
  • 16. Connectivism & Connected Knowledge [Kindle Edition]: http://amzn.to/1ePD3Hl Paperback: http://amzn.to/183UjUc **This book is an introduction - a point of departure - a beginning, a place to start for anyone who is interested in Connectivism and Connected Knowledge.** Connectivism & Connected Knowledge tells the story of my journey from isolation to becoming globally connected to sources of knowledge. It is a personal journey that begins with a proposition: self-improvement that also benefits others.
  • 17. I go back in time to share this journey with you, certain that it will also benefit you personally, and the members of your personal and professional learning network also. The Last Shot: A Season Like No Other: 1980 Luxora Panthers [Kindle Edition]: http://amzn.to/142hcI1 Paperback: http://amzn.to/191qILc The Last Shot” is told from my point of view, first person, as I remember it, or better said, as I imagine to have remembered it, especially the night of the surreal game we played in Hayti that year... Forgive me if I let my imagination get the best of me, replaying that unforgettable & unreal night, again, in my mind. How did it happen? Some memories are better when they are forgotten, and others, with better memories, tell the story. Anyway, the Hayti game made me into a larger than life legend long after I was gone. Sometimes, when I hear the story of that night be told, I ask myself, "Who are they talking
  • 18. about? Incredible, but true, it's me, although I can barely recognize myself in the story... Teaching Debate in Chile: Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/17XmtBX Paperback: http://amzn.to/165cyWr This book will entertain, educate, and inform the readers about the history of EFL debate in Chile. It is a history, told in four debates. You travel back in time with the author, to four cities, and witnees four landmark debates. It is also a love story of how debate can grow in a nation that does not even speak English. To love English, to love debate, one needs to be successful with debate, Chile has enjoyed success with debate.
  • 19. How to be successful is a part of this book. Even more, It is a "how to debate book" for a debate coach, debate trainer, or classroom teacher. Being A Teacher In Chile [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/1921qvp Paperback: http://amzn.to/1biKhUh ** This book is for teachers, educators, students, parents, administrators, everyone who has a stake in education. By definition, that is everyone. Timeless issues are looked at, to gain reflective insights which both challenge and confirm our beliefs about education. Being a teacher in Chile, after all, is no different than being a teacher in your beautiful country.** Chile is a beautiful country that has stolen my heart, my imagination, and become my reality, my life, for the past twelve years, and will become my future reality. Chile, she needs good teachers. Come to Chile, and I will share her with you. Are you a good teacher? You are a good teacher? You might ask me: “How do you become a good
  • 20. teacher?” My answer: Love. First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. The Chilean National English Test: The Years 2001 - 2014 [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/16tpoBZ Paperback: http://amzn.to/18mB8ce Who is to blame for poor test results? Is it always, ultimately, the teacher? Read this book for a different answer to this enigma. Read this book for a different perspective as to the ultimate responsibility of the teacher, the learner, or the system. Still you might ask: "Why this book?" This book is written by a teacher, for teachers and learners of languages, not only English, worldwide. It deals implicitly and explicitly with questions of interpreting test results, washback, and the inevitable, preparing for international exams, regardless of type.
  • 21. Yet beyond these considerations, there is the historical aspect. In today’s globalized world, it seems we forget things that happened only a decade ago. Thus, we repeat the mistakes of the past, unnecessarily. How To Self-Publish Your Book For Free on CreateSpace & Amazon Kindle: Make Your Dream Come True! Make Money Creating & Publishing eBooks on Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.to/17zsELU Kindle: http://amzn.to/16tr1Ql The purpose of this book is to help you self-publish, to help you make your dream to become a successful writer, a moneymaking writer, come true. It's easy to do, so easy that anyone can do it. I did it, and so can you.
  • 22. Selected Essays on Education: Call & Response "When One Teaches Two Learn" Paperback: http://amzn.to/1biNqmW Kindle: http://amzn.to/19SQD8Q For more than 400 years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most robust of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached, formal essay by its warm, friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure and drive towards candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life - vanities, fashions, food, culture,
  • 23. language and identity. It is poetry, it is song, it is speech, at once both call and response in the hands of a master story teller. Second Language Acquisition: Language, Culture & Identity, for English Language Learners Worldwide - ELL / ESL / EAL / EFL [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/17ztVCH Paperback: http://amzn.to/1923QtN “Written for new teachers, experienced teachers, parents of English Language Learners worldwide, and students from all disciplines with a need to know how students learn English in actual day to day practice.
  • 24. This book provides an actionable answer to the question of "How Do Students Learn English?" Teaching English Language Learners Worldwide: Theory & Practical Guide Paperback: http://amzn.to/1aKcaFf Kindle: http://amzn.to/1gg9qgc It is estimated that over 1 billion people are currently learning English world wide. According to the British Council, as of the year 2,000 there were 750 million English as a Foreign language speakers. In addition, there were 375 million English as a Second Language speakers. The difference between the two groups amounts to English as a Foreign Language speakers using English occasionally for business or pleasure, while English as a Second Language speakers use English on a daily basis. These impressive
  • 25. numbers are driven by adult speakers around the world who use English to communicate in the workplace. It is a commonly held misconception that these speakers need English to communicate with native speakers. While ESL is required for those living and working in English speaking cultures such as the UK and USA, it is equally true that English is used as the lingua franca between nations where English is not the primary language. EdCamp Chile: Aprendizaje Por Profesores, Para Profesores (Spanish Edition) Paperback: http://amzn.to/183YnUn Kindle: http://amzn.to/19SSPxe Este libro es una realidad debido a todos los voluntarios de EdCamp Chile. Ellos se dedicaron a la proposición de que los profesores pueden aprender entre pares, gratuitamente, que podemos colaborar, cooperar y comunicar de una manera positiva, para ser mejores profesores, para beneficiar nuestros estudiantes.
  • 26. EdCamp Chile es posible gracias a nuestros patrocinadores. Ellos son personas y organizaciones muy especiales que creen en profesores ayudando a profesores. La calidad de la educación, después de todo, sólo se puede lograr con profesores de alta calidad. Muchísimas gracias, por todos los que apoyaron EdCamp Chile. Tienen nuestra gratitud. Esperamos poder colaborar con ustedes el próximo año, año tras año. Epiphany in A Cluttered Room: A Memoir of Sorts Paperback: http://amzn.to/17zwgNU Kindle: http://amzn.to/18gIAPT I wrote "Epiphany in A Cluttered Room because writing is life for me. I live to write and I write to live. It’s the first thing I do when I wake up and it’s the last thing I do at night.
  • 27. If I stopped writing I would probably stop living. It is who I am, a writer. Writing gives me the opportunity to share my views, my creativity and my passions with other people around the world, and that is absolutely amazing to me, even nowadays... Born to Teach [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/142voks Paperback: http://amzn.to/1aKdYON I have always been a “gifted teacher”, as John Dewey put it, in his 1929 book, “The Sources of a Science of Education”. I am intuitive. I prepare classes, anticipate problems and alternative pathways through a lesson. Yet, if I am honest with you, I must say that I try
  • 28. to be fluid, to “flow” from beginning, to middle, to end. Bruce Lee, the famous martial artist, put it like this: “Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless. Like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.” John Dewey admitted that “...success in teaching is often not in any direct ratio to knowledge of educational principles.” Teaching & Learning English in Chile [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/15tzvXI Paperback: http://amzn.to/1aKeCfd This book is not only for English teachers, but all teachers, at all stages of their careers, from beginner to seasoned veteran. Teacher professional
  • 29. development is an always evolving, never-ending process. It concerns all teachers, at all stages of their careers. Exceptional Educational Leadership [Kindle Edition] : http://amzn.to/17zyjl4 Paperback: http://amzn.to/1aKf3pQ “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” ~John Quincy Adams, 6th President of the USA. "Exceptional Educational
  • 30. Leadership" is grounded in the author's personal experience of developing an experiential philosophy of exceptional educational leadership. Indeed, after the quality of teaching, leadership is the second most influential factor in the quality of education. For this reason, the educator who seeks to fully develop their capacities as a leader will be eager to engage with the bold idea that forms the central argument of this book, namely, that everyone is a leader... How to Coach a Debate Team (Volume 1) Paperback: http://amzn.to/192dxbK Kindle: http://amzn.to/1eQ2ats
  • 31. This book contains all you need to know to successfully coach a debate team. First, you may need to convince your students that debate is a good thing: 1. Debating ability is a valuable skill. 2. Debate utilizes useful English. 3. It is a unique way to teach grammar. 4. It develops critical thinking skills. 5. It introduces global issues. The International Baccalaureate: (Volume 1) Paperback: http://amzn.to/1edx14w Kindle: http://amzn.to/15tINTJ
  • 32. "An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics." —International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996). It is my belief that any education that does not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavour is a relic of the past century. Teaching Academic Writing: Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy (Volume 1) Paperback: http://amzn.to/17zHZMy
  • 33. This book is highly practical while addressing the theory underpinning academic writing. It is organized into three parts. Part One: "Writing for Scholarly Publication", takes a historical look at Academic Writing to inform contents for an Academic Writing course. Part Two, "Helping Preservice Teachers" gives an actual course plan used sucessfully by the author. Part Three, "The Passive Voice Controversy", demythifies the active voice / passive voice controversy. This is a must have for teachers and students alike.
  • 34. Born to Teach: Becoming A Gifted Teacher [Kindle Edition] http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C8AUF32 I have always been a “gifted teacher”, as John Dewey put it, in his 1929 book, “The Sources of a Science of Education”. I am intuitive. I prepare classes, anticipate problems and alternative pathways through a lesson. Yet, if I am honest with you, I must say that I try to be fluid, to “flow” from beginning, to middle, to end. Bruce Lee, the famous martial artist, put it like this: “Empty your mind. Be formless, shapeless. Like water. Now, you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put it into a bottle, it becomes the bottle. You put it into a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now water can flow, or it can crash. Be water my friend.”
  • 35. Born to Teach: Becoming A Gifted Teacher [Paperback] http://www.amazon.com/dp/1484058283 http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00C8HR9TS
  • 36. Exploring Chinese Education [Kindle Edition] http://amzn.to/ZhjH2z We set out to triangulate what we knew about China, its education system, and its high performance on the PISA test in 2009. PISA 2012 will bring similar results. We looked through the eyes of many people, from a variety of perspectives. We have managed to include a large number of voices. We have not simply “looked” at China through our own eyes, but used the “eyes” of others as well. We have seen that China took on the tremendous task of learning English, as early as Kindergarden and Grade 1, over ten years ago.
  • 37. CREATESPACE Exploring Chinese Education: Triangulation Theory https://www.createspace.com/4236945
  • 38. Born to Teach: Becoming a Gifted Teacher https://www.createspace.com/4236388
  • 39. Exceptional Educational Leadership: Everyone is a Leader https://www.createspace.com/4225707
  • 40. 20-Question Author Interview: Thomas Jerome Baker 1. Your name: Thomas Jerome Baker 2. Short Bio: I’m Thomas Jerome Baker, author, brother, uncle, husband, son-in-law, brother-in-law, cousin, father, son, and teacher. I have to say there are two passions in my life: writing and reading (lifelong) and teaching English. I even met my wife, Gaby, at an English course and can boast I’ve been reading, writing and teaching for as long as I can remember. I’m the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010 – 2011), a Co-Founder and Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, and the Coordinator of the English Department at Colegio Internacional SEK. 3. When and why did you begin writing? My writing has always given me such personal enjoyment. I started writing poetry and short stories in grade school but never showed them to anyone.
  • 41. I began to share my writing with my students because I found it was a way to get reluctant readers to engage on a deeper level with a text. I feel that writing is a great way for me to reflect on life in general and express myself a lot more eloquently than the hustle and bustle of everyday life permits. Progressing into the ‘author world’ is a personal goal and allows me to leave a bit of legacy for those who know me best, my family… 4. What inspired you to write your first book? My students, who were all boys, weren’t reading well. They could read quite well, but they weren’t interested in reading, frankly. Over the winter holiday I wrote “Meet Me in Memphis“, a wonderful boys book, with lots of familiar places, love, romance, danger, and a difficult decision to make for the two protagonists. It actually got the boys reading and I’ve been writing seriously ever since. 5. Did it take a long time to get your first book published? As a matter of fact it did. I didn’t try to find a publisher, and I didn’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to have a publisher print a few copies. Seven years went by before I had the will and the technology to self-publish on Amazon. 6. What made you decide to self-publish?
  • 42. To be frank, self-publishing puts me in control of everything, and I like that. I’ve published fifty one (51) books in a very short period of time and that would have been an impossible feat with a publisher. 7. How do you market your work? I do a lot of social media networking: blogs, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Goodreads, Scoop.it, Pinterest, Youtube, Google+ etc. Also, I am a people person so it is easy for me to talk one-on-one with individuals about my work. I find people are more inclined to buy my books when they get a personal introduction and elevator pitch. It’s all about selling yourself first and your writing second, in my opinion. 8. What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarise it in less than 20 words, what would you say? My latest book is called, “Public Speaking: What Amazing Nonsense You Are Talking!” http://amzn.to/1deDpFr It is about speaking in public, even though you may be afraid. Another book I like is about interviews: It is called, “The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication“. Interviews go from being an imaginary event to a very sophisticated discourse process, like this interview, for example…
  • 43. 9. How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it? That’s tricky since “Amy Winehouse: Angel Song” was grounded firmly in reality, though not a biography, but an act of redemption. When she was alive we spent so much time focusing on her problems and very little on what her musical legacy was, on the one hand, and her personal significance to the world was, on the other. That kind of story needs more time to dig deeper, emotionally, in oneself. Further, all the proceeds, every penny, every dollar, every pound, every Euro, the entire proceeds, all of the money for the sale of the book goes to the Amy Winehouse Foundation to help young people who are struggling with alcohol addiction. Again, to speak frankly, drug and alcohol addiction is not a very popular charity to give money to / to donate financial resources. Yet I would suspect that most of us would have very little trouble in identifying someone who needs help.
  • 44. The ironic thing is that the earlier you get rehabilitation treatment and therapy for people in need, the better the outcome is. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to wait until someone hits rock bottom to help. By then, it’s usually too late to do much good. To make a long story short, Amy Winehouse is a person who I consider to have been a brilliant musician, singer, songwriter, given to us on Earth for a short time, and in that time, proved that she belonged among the Angels in Heaven according to what she taught us with her music, her voice, and yes, her life. She is missed down here… Obviously, this book took a long time to write, but when I’m writing about teaching, it’s usually my experience that is ultimately readily available for expression. That’s a very quick process. As I said before, I’ve written 51 books and the majority are books about some aspect of education, which I’m familiar with. Again, it’s quite a swift process. 10. What genre would you place your books into? English Language Teaching / Education / Historical Fiction / Romance / Non-Fiction Biographical 11. Where do you get your book plot ideas from? My life experience on the one hand and inspiration from my wife and my son on the other. 12. Do you have a writing routine? I have to write some every day. Writing gives me a way to spend my time creatively, imaginatively, and passionately engaged in bringing something together that often has not been said adequately. So, yes, I write every day, and it is a lot of fun, pleasant, and deeply satisfying for me. To say I’m addicted to writing would be an injustice, however. Just like the human body needs food, my mind needs a creative outlet. For me, that’s writing, a personal necessity. 13. Have you ever suffered from a “writer’s block”? What did you do to get past the “block”? I’ve been fortunate not to have writer’s block, but if that were the case I’d try to figure out what was coming between my ability to write, and then, more importantly, decide if there was anything I could do about the situation. More often than not, life presents you with situations that are beyond your control, and when you accept that, to live with ambiguity, you are able to carry on with the things you want to do. At least, that’s what works for me.
  • 45. 14. Are there any specific authors whose writing styles or subject matter inspires your book(s)? In the field of ELT, Scott Thornbury is an awesome author, as well as Herbert Puchta. Herbert is a Past-President of the International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL), a global organization dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English as a foreign language. I have several of their books, and they have influenced my thinking about ELT and being a teacher in general. Both have been wonderful role models for many teachers to aspire to one day. I do not exaggerate when I say that achieving a quarter – one fourth – of what they have done in their careers would be a satisfying and rewarding career for most of us in the field of English Language Teaching, to include myself. Herbert’s work with teaching teenagers is fantastic and Scott is always willing to extend a warm hand of guidance to anyone. He writes a regular blog post on Sunday on his blog, An A-Z of ELT, that any teacher could take advantage of. It costs you only your time, and the learning is guaranteed. You always learn something new, or, you see a given aspect of teaching in a different light. It’s because you were thinking, questioning your beliefs and assumptions. These are my giants, Scott and Herbert, and they willingly make their shoulders available for anyone to stand on… 15. What are you currently reading? I actually am just beginning “Crow Stone”, by Jenni Mills. It was first published in 2007 and it made quite a stir when it came out. It’s about mysteries buried in the old limestone quarries beneath the streets of Bath, in the UK. 16. What piece of advice would you give to a new writer? Never give up your dream. Work hard. Write about the things you know about and, the people and the places that you know about. In that way, your writing will be authenticly YOU, and thus, very convincing. First, be a good writer, second be a good writer, third, be a good writer. Everything else always gets done, somehow, but the writing has to be good, convincing, and authentic. Strong writing will always give you support during the worst of times. Don’t worry so much about being rich and famous – just enjoy the journey and let the fame and riches take care of itself. To be frank, most writers write as a hobby, few are able to make a living as a writer, so whatever you do – don’t quit your day job!
  • 46. 17. Do you have another project in the works? If so, what is it? Yes, I have three projects on going. One is about English Language Teaching and Professional Development. The general notion is that you can maintain your language skills just by the practice you get in the classroom, but I think it is something that needs to be looked at a bit closer than we have done in the past. I hope to integrate this with next year’s Edcamp Chile 2014 in Rancagua. I’m also working on a project related to to language learning and assimilation, which is still in its planning phase. Of course, I’m working on a novel, the Storyteller Trilogy. Books one and two are already out, and I am happy with the direction that Book 3 is taking. Progress is slow, but steady.
  • 47. Stay tuned for this one – it’s gonna be a great book! Look for, “The StoryTeller’s Son” to complete the trilogy. If you already have Books one and two: Book One: Celestial Games, and Book Two: The Last StoryTeller this last one completes the trilogy, so it is a must have!
  • 48. 18. How can people get in touch with you? Email: profesorbaker@gmail.com My website is www.profesorbaker.com 19. Where else can your readers find you? I am also at English Class http://englishclass2000.blogspot.com/, Reading to Speak, Debates in EFL, Teacher of English. I have a Author Page / Fan Page on Facebook, an Author Page on Amazon, and Goodreads http://bit.ly/Ia7Hh8 , too. a) Your blog details?www.profesorbaker.blogspot.com b) Your Facebook page? Facebook c) Your Goodreads author page? Goodreads http://bit.ly/Ia7Hh8 d) Your Twitter details? @profesortbaker https://twitter.com/#!/profesortbaker
  • 49. e) Your book trailer? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0d3BNrpCTXo f) Amazon page 20. Where can readers buy your books? CreateSpace Amazon http://amzn.to/AC4eXg http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Jerome-Baker/e/B007G9HJFM Thank you so much & good luck with all your books. Thank you. Poems & Poetry: Our Story http://goo.gl/XIunY
  • 50. This is the place where one looks, where we can find distant places, full of magical, adventurous faces. Here, in the magical books. This is the place where one looks! Being A Teacher in Chile “How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading my writing already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy to understand answer. It has two parts. First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi- driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. Love being a teacher, that’s number one…
  • 51. Most Studious on Amazon Kindle Most Studious For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk — to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. Most Studious is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
  • 52. http://amzn.to/K0J8Ar http://amzn.to/K0J8Ar
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  • 55. http://amzn.to/My6ota http://amzn.to/My6ota
  • 56. Teacher Talking Time Teacher Talking Time
  • 57. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AZ99DW http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007AZ99DW
  • 58. Connectivism For EFL Teachers Connectivism For EFL Teachers
  • 59. EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days
  • 60. Boudicca: Her Story Book Description Publication Date: February 18, 2012 What is deemed as “his-story” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61. Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories. Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story…… Boudicca: Her Story
  • 61. Meet Me in Memphis This is a story of true love, a love story, a tale of serendipitous romance and fortuitous misfortune. It's got a familiar feel, mixing in the culture of two nations, and two world-renowned cities, Memphis and Santiago. A romance needs beauty, and this book has the mythological beauty of a goddess present within its pages. And to make it complete, there's a courageous teacher of English, with a dilemma, with a choice to make, a difficult decision to deliver. The reading of this book will cause you to feel the need to travel, to go "Walking in Memphis", to enjoy the culture and customs, the music and the food, soul food. Why not try a delicious pecan pie while you are in Memphis?
  • 62. Meet Me in Memphis The Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome Baker The Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome Baker
  • 63. Links to Paperback Books at Createspace: authored by Thomas Jerome Baker Alexis Sanchez: The Beautiful Game Poetry in Motion https://www.createspace.com/3814252 Being A Reading Teacher https://www.createspace.com/3823637 Being A Teacher In Chile https://www.createspace.com/3866846 Celestial Games: Aquarians, Lepechauns & The Pot of Gold https://www.createspace.com/3785138 Book Trailer: Celestial Games Song: Die Zeit Hält Nicht An / Time Never Stops http://bit.ly/IHaQAK aus dem MP4Life Vol3 Mixtape2010 (MPR Artists: )Phenom, Erika, J-Zwok & Chriz Connectivism & Connected Knowledge: A Personal Journey https://www.createspace.com/3822545 Connectivism for EFL Teachers: A Theory of Learning for A Digital Age https://www.createspace.com/3804227 EdCamp Santiago: A R(E)volution in Professional Development
  • 64. https://www.createspace.com/3816401 Fear of Writing https://www.createspace.com/3817421 How to Teach the “Art” of Writing https://www.createspace.com/3823252 Let A Thousand Models Bloom: The Unconference is Dead https://www.createspace.com/3883954 La Desconferencia: Edcamp Santiago (Spanish) https://www.createspace.com/3877968 Luxora: My Hometown https://www.createspace.com/3811122 Most Studious https://www.createspace.com/3858227 My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile The Most Beautiful Country in the World https://www.createspace.com/3803278 Profesorbaker's Blog: A Bit of Everything https://www.createspace.com/3808964 Story Tellers In Pursuit of Happiness https://www.createspace.com/3840772 Teacher Professional Development: Reflections https://www.createspace.com/3820692 Teacher Talking Time:
  • 65. The 80 - 20 Rule ReVisited https://www.createspace.com/3806690 Teaching Academic Writing: Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy https://www.createspace.com/3801287 Teaching Debate in Chile: Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope https://www.createspace.com/3784907 Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: Activities for EFL Teachers https://www.createspace.com/3809085 The Chilean National English Test: A Personal Journey https://www.createspace.com/3835087 The International Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate Program https://www.createspace.com/3815969 The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication https://www.createspace.com/3852047 The Last Storyteller: The Philosopher's Stone https://www.createspace.com/3840465 The Native Speaker Myth ReVisited https://www.createspace.com/3809987 The PLN: Professional Learning Network https://www.createspace.com/3810086
  • 66. The Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers https://www.createspace.com/3829193 Time To Teach Teens https://www.createspace.com/3825340
  • 67. The author making the Welcome Speech at the 2010 IATEFL-TESOL International Conference held at Universidad San Sebastián in Santiago, Chile.
  • 68. The International Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate Program (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://amzn.to/LVHpPn "An international education must go well beyond the provision of information and is involved in the development of attitudes and values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion, gender or politics." —International Baccalaureate Organization Subject Guide (1996). It is my belief that any education that does not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavour is a relic of the past century. A common sense of sharing the responsibility, equally, for the welfare of the planet, globally, is needed more than ever today. Finally, I can only say one thing: The IB program is a positive way forward for any education system in crisis, any education system that desires quality, any education system that aspires to excellence, any education system that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of the twenty-first century, rather than the past century…
  • 69. Alexis Sanchez: The Beautiful Game: Poetry in Motion (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://amzn.to/KS17XH The Beautiful Game... Alexis Sanchez, the Wonder Boy from Chile, plays football with a grace in style that is magnificent, poetry in motion. Here are the collected essays that follow his meteoric rise to stardom with Spain's most successful team of the past decade, FC Barcelona.
  • 70. Connectivism for EFL Teachers: A Theory of Learning for A Digital Age (Volume 1) [Paperback] “Connectivism for EFL Teachers” is the result of reflections, at length, with how I teach. I have learned how to teach by literally sitting at the feet of some of the most respected, talented, and gifted teachers in the ELT profession. I met these giants, oddly enough, at the end of the world, here in Chile. They have taught me much, through their words, their writings, and above all, through their example. As a teacher I owe much of who I am to them. Nonetheless, I take complete responsibility for what I have been able to create with my own talent and intellect. For this reason, I thank my “giants”, anonymously. I seek to emulate their selfless example in my own writing and committment to my profession, English Language Teaching. With this, I hope to have repaid an enduring debt, and in some small measure, inspired another teacher to do as I do, to seek the heights of great teaching. Thomas Jerome Baker, Santiago, Chile February 2012 http://tinyurl.com/ctmyqvl
  • 71. Teaching Academic Writing: Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://tinyurl.com/7roemwg This book, “Teaching Academic Writing”, is highly practical while addressing the theory underpinning academic writing. It is organized into three parts. Part One: "Writing for Scholarly Publication", takes a historical look at Academic Writing to inform contents for an Academic Writing course. Part Two, "Helping Preservice Teachers" gives an actual course plan used sucessfully by the author. Part Three, "The Passive Voice Controversy", demythifies the active voice / passive voice controversy. This is a must have for teachers and students alike. http://tinyurl.com/7roemwg
  • 72. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: Activities for EFL Teachers (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/qkffb Over the course of my teaching career, I have learned much from observation and experimentation with my students. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude for their willingness to cooperate with me over the years. Thank you, dear students! EFL Teachers: No matter how good a particular resource or lesson may be, in the end, there is no substitute for the teacher’s own judgement about what works and what doesn’t work with your students.. In this spirit, I recommend the activities for “teaching the four skills” contained within these pages. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL
  • 73. Being A Reading Teacher [Paperback] http://goo.gl/1Dz5l Reading is for me an act of transformation that is magical. Thirst and hunger fade as the words find their place in my remembrance of you. Who might you be? You are here with me. Happiness, felicity, thy name is Gaby. Source of all my bravery, you are my poetry... Reading, I fear thee not. Fear of reading, Neither cold nor hot, I am reading. I read for my wife, Gabriela de Lourdes León Vargas. I read for my son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr. No fear of reading, I am reading...
  • 74. Being A Teacher In Chile [Paperback] http://goo.gl/hFfeM “How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading my writing already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy to understand answer. It has two parts. First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to be anything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, you would still choose to be a teacher. Love being a teacher, that’s number one.
  • 75. The Chilean National English Test: A Personal Journey [Paperback] http://goo.gl/bqgvI Special Offers and Product Promotions This book is eligible for our 4-for-3 promotion. Eligible products include select Books and Home & Garden items. Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free. Here's how (restrictions apply)
  • 76. Connectivism & Connected Knowledge: A Personal Journey [Paperback] http://goo.gl/w1yxp Connectivism & Connected Knowledge tells the story of my journey from isolation to becoming globally connected to sources of knowledge. It is a journey that begins with a proposition: self-improvement that also benefits others. I go back in time to share this journey with you, certain that it will also benefit you personally, and the members of your personal and professional learning network also.
  • 77. EdCamp Santiago: A R(E)volution in Professional Development (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/OmCHF This book tells the story of EdCamp Santiago. EdCamp is a R(E)volution in professional develoment. It is free, participant-driven, conversation-based, democratic PD for teachers, by teachers. There are no plenaries, no publishers book displays, just teachers talking to teachers, sharing best practice: what works in the classroom, practical, not theoretical knowledge.
  • 78. Fear of Writing [Paperback] http://goo.gl/cYRTL Actually, when I write, there is a feeling of necessity, of something that is stronger than myself, that demands that I must write as I write. I have never renounced anything that I’ve written because I’ve been afraid of certain consequences. Nothing intimidates me when I write. I say what I think must be said. ~ Jacques Derrida
  • 79. How to Coach a Debate Team (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/icVw0 This book, “How to Coach a Debate Team”, contains all you need to know to successfully coach a debate team. First, you may need to convince your students that debate is a good thing: Debating ability is a valuable skill. Debate utilizes useful English. It is a unique way to teach grammar. It develops critical thinking skills. It introduces global issues. It develops research skills. This book will give you insights into how to coach a successful debate team, and equally important, have a lot of fun while doing it...
  • 80. How to Teach the "Art" of Writing [Paperback] http://goo.gl/tVjmy Special Offers and Product Promotions This item is eligible for our 4-for-3 promotion. Eligible products include select Books and Home & Garden items. Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free. Here's how (restrictions apply)
  • 81. The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication [Paperback] http://goo.gl/qtv25 The interview is a genre of written English that gets very little attention, if any, in English Language Teaching. It is highly individualized in nature, requiring flexibility on the part of the interviewer and the interviewee, if it is to be genuinely interactive and spontaneous. Yet what conclusions can draw about an interview, in general, that might be helpful for the English Language Learner? To attempt to answer that question in any kind of depth, actual interviews will be used as a base of reference. Thus, this book attempts to shed some light on the interview as genre in ELT.
  • 82. The Last Storyteller: The Philosopher's Stone [Paperback] http://goo.gl/GzJ43 Special Offers and Product Promotions This item is eligible for our 4-for-3 promotion. Eligible products include select Books and Home & Garden items. Buy any 4 eligible items and get the lowest-priced item free. Here's how (restrictions apply)
  • 83. Let A Thousand Models Bloom: The Unconference is Dead [Paperback] http://goo.gl/pYQid This is the first book about the unconference movement that seeks to address the question: Is the unconference dead? It looks at BarCamp, Edcamp, Educamp, TeachMeet and weighs in on hybrid events - traditional conferences that include an unconference track. Thomas, himself a Co-Founder & Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, reassures the potential unconference organiser that organising a perfect unconference is a lot less complicated than it seems. “...a perfect unconference ... would be a jam session, a moveable feast. Improvisation has signal, it has pattern, it has structure, it has plans, but it also has the freedom to say or play what it seems right to say or play at that moment. Whatever works is what I want to be free to do, what the work of the “un” ought to accomplish, to make working an always-provisional, always-scrutinized, always-open value. Let a thousand models bloom, and then cross-pollinate.” (Timothy Burke, February 9, 2012, “Easily Distracted”)
  • 84. Luxora: My Hometown: Autobiographical Essays (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/QK8jB This book is autobiographical. It relies on my subjective remembrance. There is a clear delineation between fact and fiction. I have tried to be true, above all, to my own Luxora experience. Everyone who is a Luxora Panther, with black and gold blood flowing through our veins, will find a bit of their story, told in my autobiographical essays. For this reason, I wish to share and thus dedicate this book to all the people of Luxora, Arkansas, my hometown.
  • 85. Most Studious: A Collection of Personal Essays (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/o1ivK For more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one of the richest and most vibrant of all literary forms. Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly, conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive toward candor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into the human condition and the great social and political issues of the day. "Most Studious" is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
  • 86. My #CCK11 Experience [Paperback] http://goo.gl/BvZxe Stephen: “On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch the third offering of our online course called ‘Connectivism and Connective Knowledge’ — or CCK11. We use the term ‘connectivism’ to describe a network-based pedagogy. The course itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore an instantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning we both espouse." Thomas: “This book is the result of my participation in the CCK11 course...”
  • 87. My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile: The Most Beautiful Country in the World (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/4qZyI My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile. This book shares the personal sentiment of its author, an expat, after having lived the past twelve years in Chile. He says: "I live in Chile, the most beautiful country in the world." http://amzn.to/1bjglHy He continues: "As I say these words, I want you to know that I come from the United States of America, a country that stretches from sea to shining sea, from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The USA is indeed a magnificent country, but it isn’t Chile..."
  • 88. The Native Speaker Myth ReVisited [Paperback] http://goo.gl/98eTu When I first began my blog, “Profesorbaker’s Blog: A Bit of Everything” http://www.profesorbaker.com/ I ran across a powerful piece of writing by Karenne Joy Sylvester, called “NNEST’s Can’t Do DOGME: Explode the Myths. It raised my level of consciousness about this issue, the Native Speaker Myth, from which I have been a beneficiary. Even today, this issue rarely sees daylight, rarely is the subject of discussion when ELT teachers meet and talk shop, rarely gets any attention. It’s the “black sheep” of the ELT profession. Within the pages of this book, that fact will be amply evident. Does this book offer any new insights? I believe it does. And even if I’m wrong, I repay my enduring debt to Karenne Joy Sylvester for having raised my consciousness, if all this book does, is raise your consciousness, dear Reader(s). However, I am convinced it will do much more than that. I hope you enjoy your story, for I have written this as a story for your enjoyment...
  • 89. Pecha Kucha & English Language Teaching [Paperback] http://goo.gl/x88GQ I saw my first Pecha Kucha over three years ago. It was when I was working at Universidad Andrés Bello at Campus Casona in Santiago with the students in the English Pedagogy program. I admit I’ve been fascinated by “Pecha Kucha” ever since that first time. I remember being very impressed by the performance I watched. There were a number of reasons for this. For now, let me share with you why I find Pecha Kucha to be so impressive and fascinating as a presentation technique. You feel it – through your eyes – to your brain – to your emotions. It’s visual storytelling. That's what the Pecha Kucha is, visual literacy in its purest form...
  • 90. The PLN: Professional Learning Network [Paperback] http://goo.gl/GpBgW I am grateful and thankful for all the informal and formal learning opportunities I have had access to through the individual and collective members of my PLN, my Professional Learning Network. Each one of you is indispensable to my learning, and thusly, I treasure all of you, equally. Thank you. Thanks to the 1,980 members of my LinkedIn network. Through you, I have access to the collective wisdom and knowledge of 12,614,973 people. Let me spell that out: Twelve million, six hundred fourteen thousand, nine hundred and seventy three people...
  • 91. The Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers [Paperback] http://goo.gl/aMvnO Spelling is the Cinderella of language learning. Ask a teacher how to teach spelling, and the answer will most likely be echoed by students: Read books. Pay attention to words. Notice them. While knowing words is important, what can be done to spell unknown words is the larger question. This book will take a look at both the spelling of known and unknown words, and be an experiential account of the author's encounter with spelling as both a learner and a teacher of English as a Foreign Language.
  • 92. Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness [Paperback] http://goo.gl/Qwnza Story Tellers have always told the stories of man's pursuit of gold and power. In this book we meet a mythical storyteller, Solomon, his wife Lanisha, and his son David. Through their stories we follow the earliest fortunes and misfortunes of man's attempt to achieve tremendous wealth and power. It is a story which will leave you wiser about the true meaning of love, success, and happiness in our lives...
  • 93. Teacher Professional Development: Reflections [Paperback] http://goo.gl/UAVsJ Teacher Professional Development: Reflections. What's the difference between a great teacher and an average teacher? That's a complicated question, with many variables. For me, the answer is a simple one, however: Teacher Professional Development. I share my reflections and my personal experience on this topic with you...
  • 94. Teacher Talking Time: The 80 - 20 Rule ReVisited [Paperback] http://goo.gl/eJD66 “Isn’t there a rule of thumb that teachers are supposed to talk something like a ratio of 20:80? Isn’t this the 80/20 Rule?” Teacher Talking Time , where does this rule come from? My CELTA teacher (what was her name?) (I remember: Lise Bell, what a great teacher she was.) My DELTA teacher? (Christine Ng, also a superb teacher) I got up and looked at the numerous “How to Teach” books on my bookshelf by these and many more authors. No, no, and yet no again. I couldn’t find a specific mention of an 80-20 rule. So I thought, “That’s strange. There’s something hardwired in my brain, and it’s apparently something that no one has written about at any length. At least, not in ELT.” That's why this book is very necessary, to fill that gap in our EFL knowledge.
  • 95. Teaching Debate in Chile: Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/nHq8k Why should we teach our students to debate? Here’s a global answer: "Sooner or later, all the people of the world will have to discover a way to live together in peace... If this is to be achieved, man must evole for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation..." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1964 Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech
  • 96. A Test The World Can Take (Volume 1) [Paperback] http://goo.gl/Cj6F3 “The quality of an education system can never exceed the quality of its teachers”. – Andreas Schleicher PISA: A test the whole world can take… It’s a breathtaking concept — but for the OECD, it’s a very real way of finding out how well-prepared today’s students are to participate in society. The OECD's latest PISA Survey tests reading, mathematics and science performance by students in 65 economies worldwide. In light of the education unrest in Chile of the past year, it is quite a revelation to know of the progress Chilean students have made over the past decade. That done, will the Chilean system evolve into a high performing one? If Chile gets education reform right, (a big if) there is no doubt that it surely will evolve positively...
  • 97. Time To Teach Teens [Paperback] http://goo.gl/fwZ53 How can we get teenagers engaged in autonomous and cooperative learning? If the teenagers you teach are like the ones I teach, this is not an easy task. Why? Because being a teenager is difficult. However, I believe there are some avenues I've taken that can offer a way to increase your success in teaching teens. The aim of this book is therefore, to share experieces which have worked. This is not intended to prescribe, but to describe. The successful teacher will adapt my experience to their own teaching and learning context.
  • 98. Connectivism and Connected Knowledge: Participating in a MOOC [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/jxnIs Currently, there are two ways to find out what learning in a massive, open, online course is like: One, you can participate in such a course, provided you have the time necessary to invest in such a learning experience. When your time is the limited and precious commodity that we all know it to be, you may not be able to participate, however. Don’t feel bad about that. That’s life, and for the majority of us mortals, we work for a living in a world that will not let us simply employ our time in any pursuit. We have to be selective, to be balanced with the way in which we invest our time. Families, friends, hobbies, rest & relaxation demand an equal share of the 24 hour clock. So, if we can’t participate in a MOOC, that leaves option two available. Option Two? You can read this book…
  • 99. Writing For Publication: Publish or Perish [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/JsyOq Publish or Perish. Like it or not, if you have chosen academia as a career, there is very little alternative to publishing. You must seek the legitimacy of peer approval on the one hand, and the track record of consistent publications. A one off publication in a local magazine or journal, once a year, simply is not enough. Yet how to publish, when no one ever taught you how to write and publish a Research Article, let alone an entire book. This book fills that gap by sharing with students, teachers, investigators and researchers the writing for publication process. Its message is reduced to one fundamental virtue: Perseverance. Rejection is to be expected and is dealt with positively. If a writer is perseverant, her / his efforts will result in publication...
  • 100. Native Speaker Needed? [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/Ek3dD At the 2007 TESOL Chile Conference the question was asked: Are native speaker teachers automatically the best teachers of a language? Just because you speak a language naturally, does that mean you can teach it? Or does the process of learning a language to a high level of fluency make non-native speaker teachers far better equipped to teach that language? This book shares the global voices of those on both sides of the issue, pro and con, with their realities, perceptions and beliefs. Some say the Native Speaker is the best teacher. Others voices say the Non-Native Speaker teacher is the best teacher. Some say students and their parents prefer the Native Speaker. Others say the evidence does not support that statement. This is where we begin our journey. The book takes this point of departure, the never ending controversy of the mythical Native Speaker as the ideal language teacher, privileged, superior, and with a standard of English unattainable for a learner. Right from the outset, the learner is doomed to ultimate failure, to possess a level of language known as "interlanguage" a linguistic Limbo...
  • 101. Meet Me In Memphis [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/MjGkv This is a tale of serendipitous romance and fortuitous misfortune. It’s got a familiar feel, mixing in the culture of two nations, and two world-renowned cities, Memphis and Santiago. A romance needs beauty, and this book has the mythological beauty of a goddess present within its pages. To make it complete, there’s a courageous teacher of English, with a dilemma, with a choice to chance, a difficult decision to make. That is, if the choice can be made. I would be remiss in my duties if I did not leave you with a final word of caution: the reading of this book will cause you to feel the need to travel, to go “Walking in Memphis”, to enjoy the culture and customs you will find within its pages. So, will you, “Meet Me in Memphis?”
  • 102. Looking For Catarina [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/XW7if In “Looking For Catarina” you will find two lovers, who are world’s apart. Indeed, they are separated by their worlds. In such instances, one resigns oneself to the realities that govern life, and in time, the memory of the other fades away. Or grows stronger, with each passing day, each passing moment, and binds one beyond, time, distance, and space itself. Caterina will be loved by one who feels this depth and intensity and love. Yet will it be enough to save her from her fate? As you go “Looking For Catarina”, you will be looking for your own redemption, affirming a present love, or resolving a love story that presented impossible obstacles, and you let your love slip away. In this centuries old love story, you reclaim that love, and hold it near and dear to you, day by day, moment by moment, century by century. I would be remiss in my duties if I did not leave you with a caution: This book is for lovers only. If you be without love, the reading of this book will cause you to go, “Looking for Catarina”, looking for love…
  • 103. Boudicca: Her Story [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/IWCqx What is deemed as “his-story” is often determined by those who survived to write it. In other words, history is written by the victors. The Roman historian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victory over Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61. Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Not a history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but a living memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven of a thousand stories. Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tell you Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story…… http://goo.gl/IWCqx
  • 104. Professionalism & Serendipity for Teachers: Powerful Cognitive Learning [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/61tLC Serendipity is defined as, " A fortunate discovery made by luck." Many scientific discoveries were made serendipitously: antibiotics, X-Rays, gravity, etc. The list could stretch on for days. Yet the nagging question is this one: Was it really all due to serendipity? Just plain luck? Or was there something else at work, something that had been done prior to the incident of serendipity? As a teacher, the limited time and resources we have available demand that we make professional development an intentional act, that is, if we are to derive maximum benefits from our efforts, and ultimately, for our students. This book offers plain, tried and tested, simple yet powerful, cognitive approach to maximise the students and teachers learning, anywhere, anytime, by anybody...
  • 105. Unlocking Reading For All Students [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/YpY7L This book shares reading fundamentals that were presented to a group of teachers at a school where I worked, Colegio del Verbo Divino, in Las Condes, in the city of Santiago de Chile. In this sense, it has undergone actual practical application of the concepts presented. Further, in terms of theory, this book aims to share research on reading, and more importantly, how to help students unlock the key to a lifetime of pleasure and learning. It does not seek to cause controversy, rather, it seeks to serve as a reference for the first time teacher of reading and for the experienced teacher of reading who wishes to return to the basics of reading, as defined by the National Reading Panel in 2000.
  • 106. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: [Kindle Edition] http://goo.gl/tp11n Over the course of my teaching career I have learned much from observation and experimentation with my students. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude for their willingness to cooperate with me over the years. Thank you, dear students! EFL Teachers: No matter how good a particular resource or lesson may be, in the end, there is no substitute for the teacher’s own judgement about what works and what doesn’t work with your students.. In this spirit, I recommend the activities for teaching the four skills contained within these pages. Epilogue: A Personal Message For the readers of my books Thank you, one and all, individually and collectively, for buying my books. Your support and your loyalty is greatly appreciated. Without you, I must honestly admit that I would not have sat down to write as much and as often as I have. Reader(s) are inspirational for writers, let there be no doubt about that. So please write a review for me. It helps, a lot.
  • 107. As I look over the books I have written, I admit I am content with what I have written, and how I have written. Firstly, “What” I have written is my life story, my autobiography, in every line and in every word. It is full of life, a life lived, full of hopes and dreams, joys and pleasure, and yes, failure and pain. You will agree with me that I am human, with lots of deeds and qualities that I am proud of, and an equal amount of deeds and qualities that give me much to strive for in the future, namely, to become a better person, in spite of the difficulty that goal obviously entails. My stories and my books about teaching reveal my way of thinking. I am dedicated, I am motivated, I am a teacher. I love teaching English, and I equally love meeting teachers. My books leave no doubt about the sincerity of my love for the profession of teaching, and for my deep and abiding faith that we can do better, as teachers, if we help each other to achieve the outer limits of our potential. The saying, “Together we are better”, has never been more true than today, never more possible, than today. We have the tools and the technology to do great things. As a great man once said, “If not now, when? If not here, where? If not you, who?” Dag Hammarskjöld (1905–1961) Ladies and Gentlemen, now is our time, today is our day. Though we may lose our way when a strong wind blows, we must continue when the wind dies down. We can not wait for someone else to come along, when we are already here. Though we may lose faith when we are disappointed, we must regain that faith and press on when the frustration subsides. Though we many have never been told how powerful we are, we must trust in the knowledge that we are powerful, capable of great things, together. We must never lose hope, for it is the source of ultimate goodness that we all possess. In my books, hope, faith, power, all come together to answer the three questions asked by Secretary-General Dag Hammerskjöld: If not now, When? We answer: Now. If not here, Where? We answer: Here. If not you, Who? We answer: I. That is what my writing is all about, helping you to realise that what we do now, right here, matters... Thank you kindly, in advance, all of you, for buying my books, for writing a review. It’s the beginning of something wonderful, for you, for your students, for all of us...