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  1. 1. Catalog of Books by Thomas Jerome Baker And a Personal Message for the Reader(s) The author giving a workshop for teachers at EnglishSummer Town in January 2008, at CPEIP, Santiago Chile.
  2. 2. Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome BakerThomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile(2010-2011). He is the Head ofthe 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, byteachers. EdCamp Santiago 2012 was held at Universidad Mayor in Santiago.Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International HigherEducation Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as areviewer and as theHETL Ambassador for Chile.Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. Thus far, he has written thefollowing genres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sportshistory/biography, and English Language Teaching. He has published a total offorty three (43) books overall.The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family, his wife Gabriela,and his son, Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr.
  3. 3. Gabriela and Thomas at his graduation from the combinedDELTA/Diplomado Course at Universidad Finis Terrae in Santiago.
  4. 4. ABOUT THE AUTHORThomas Jerome Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He is theCoordinator 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, byteachers.Thomas was trained as a nurse at the Berufsfachschule für Krankenpflege,Kreiskrankenhaus Eschenbach, Germany and subsequently worked as a nurse ininternal medicine, intensive care unit. In the USA, he worked as a Director of StaffDevelopment, long-term care, and as a Clinic Manager at a community health careclinic for mostly low income, migrant farm workers and their families in Woodland,California.Thomas is also a member of the Advisory Board for the International HigherEducation Teaching and Learning Association (HETL), where he also serves as areviewer and as the HETL Ambassador for Chile.Thomas enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. He has written the followinggenres: romance, historical fiction, autobiographical, sports history/biography, andEnglish Language Teaching.Author Page on Amazon:
  5. 5. 20-Question Author Interview: Thomas Jerome Baker1. Your name:Thomas Jerome Baker2. Short Bio:I’m Thomas Jerome Baker, author, brother, uncle, husband,son-in-law, brother-in-law, cousin, father, son, and teacher. Ihave to say there are two passions in my life: writing andreading (lifelong) and teaching English. I even met my wife,
  6. 6. 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 theCoordinator of the English Department at ColegioInternacional SEK.3. When and why did you begin writing?My writing has always given me such personal enjoyment. Istarted writing poetry and short stories in grade school butnever showed them to anyone.I began to share my writing with my students because I foundit was a way to get reluctant readers to engage on a deeperlevel with a text. I feel that writing is a great way for me toreflect on life in general and express myself a lot moreeloquently than the hustle and bustle of everyday life permits.Progressing into the ‘author world’ is a personal goal andallows me to leave a bit of legacy for those who know me best,my family…
  7. 7. 4. What inspired you to write your first book?My students, who were all boys, weren’t reading well. Theycould read quite well, but they weren’t interested in reading,frankly. Over the winter holiday I wrote “Meet Me inMemphis“, a wonderful boys book, with lots of familiar places,love, romance, danger, and a difficult decision to make for thetwo protagonists. It actually got the boys reading and I’ve beenwriting seriously ever since.5. Did it take a long time to get your first bookpublished?As a matter of fact it did. I didn’t try to find a publisher, and Ididn’t want to pay an exorbitant amount of money to have a
  8. 8. publisher print a few copies. Seven years went by before I hadthe will and the technology to self-publish on Amazon.6. What made you decide to self-publish?To be frank, self-publishing puts me in control of everything,and I like that. I’ve published thirthy five (35) books in a veryshort period of time and that would have been an impossiblefeat with a publisher.7. How do you market your work?I do a lot of social media networking, Facebook, LinkedIn,Twitter, Goodreads, and several others. Also, I am a peopleperson so it is easy for me to talk one-on-one with individualsabout my work. I find people are more inclined to buy mybook when they get a personal introduction and pitch. It’s allabout selling yourself first and your writing second, in myopinion.8. What is the name of your latest book, and if youhad to summarise it in less than 20 words, whatwould you say?
  9. 9. My latest book is called, “The Interview Teacher: FromImagination to Sophistication“.Interviews go from being an imaginary event to a verysophisticated discourse process, like this interview, forexample…9. How long does it usually take you to write a book,from the original idea to finishing writing it?
  10. 10. That’s tricky since “Amy Winehouse: Angel Song” wasgrounded firmly in reality, though not a biography, but an actof redemption. When she was alive we spent so much timefocusing on her problems and very little on what her musicallegacy was, on the one hand, and her personal significance tothe world was, on the other. That kind of story needs moretime to dig deeper, emotionally, in oneself.
  11. 11. Further, all the proceeds, every penny, every dollar, everypound, every Euro, the entire proceeds, all of the money forthe sale of the book goes to the Amy Winehouse Foundation tohelp young people who are struggling with alcohol addiction.Again, to speak frankly, drug and alcohol addiction is not avery popular charity to give money to / to donate financialresources. Yet I would suspect that most of us would have verylittle trouble in identifying someone who needs help.The ironic thing is that the earlier you get rehabilitationtreatment and therapy for people in need, the better theoutcome is. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to waituntil someone hits rock bottom to help. By then, it’s usuallytoo late to do much good.To make a long story short, Amy Winehouse is a person who Iconsider to have been a brilliant musician, singer, songwriter,given to us on Earth for a short time, and in that time, provedthat she belonged among the Angels in Heaven according towhat she taught us with her music, her voice, and yes, her life.She is missed down here…
  12. 12. Obviously, this book took a long time to write, but when I’mwriting about teaching, it’s usually my experience that isultimately readily available for expression. That’s a very quickprocess. As I said before, I’ve written 35 books and themajority are books about some aspect of education, which I’mfamiliar 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 Biographical11. Where do you get your book plot ideas from?My life experience on the one hand and inspiration from mywife 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 tospend my time creatively, imaginatively, and passionatelyengaged in bringing something together that often has notbeen said adequately. So, yes, I write every day, and it is a lotof fun, pleasant, and deeply satisfying for me.
  13. 13. To say I’m addicted to writing would be an injustice, however.Just like the human body needs food, my mind needs acreative 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 werethe case I’d try to figure out what was coming between myability to write, and then, more importantly, decide if therewas anything I could do about the situation. More often thannot, life presents you with situations that are beyond yourcontrol, and when you accept that, to live with ambiguity, youare able to carry on with the things you want to do. At least,that’s what works for me.14. Are there any specific authors whose writingstyles or subject matter inspires your book(s)?In the field of ELT, Scott Thornbury is an awesome author, aswell as Herbert Puchta. Herbert is a Past-President of theInternational Association of Teachers of English as a ForeignLanguage (IATEFL), a global organization dedicated toimproving the teaching and learning of English as a foreign
  14. 14. language. I have several of their books, and they haveinfluenced my thinking about ELT and being a teacher ingeneral. Both have been wonderful role models for manyteachers to aspire to one day.I do not exaggerate when I say that achieving a quarter – onefourth – of what they have done in their careers would be asatisfying and rewarding career for most of us in the field ofEnglish Language Teaching, to include myself.Herbert’s work with teaching teenagers is fantastic and Scottis always willing to extend a warm hand of guidance toanyone. He writes a regular blog post on Sunday on hisblog, 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 ofteaching in a different light. It’s because you were thinking,questioning your beliefs and assumptions. These are mygiants, Scott and Herbert, and they willingly make theirshoulders available for anyone to stand on…
  15. 15. 15. What are you currently reading?I actually am just beginning “Dreams of My Father” by BarackObama. The book was given to me as a present four years ago(1), so it was about time I got around to reading it. It is a realpage turner so if you put it off until now like I did, you shouldcheck it out!16. What piece of advice would you give to a newwriter?Never give up your dream.Work hard.Write about the things you know about and, the people andthe places that you know about. In that way, your writing willbe authenticly YOU, and thus, very convincing.Don’t worry so much about being rich and famous – just enjoythe journey and let the fame and riches take care of itself. Tobe frank, most writers write as a hobby, few are able to make aliving as a writer, so whatever you do – don’t quit your dayjob!
  16. 16. 17. Do you have another project in the works? If so,what is it?Yes, the third book in the Storyteller Series– the trilogy. I haveone more book to write, and then I will lay the LastStoryteller to rest.This mystical story is about the son of the Storyteller. The Sonmust carry on with life after his father and mother have diedand left him as the only StoryTeller alive on Earth to find thePhilosopher’s Stone and to save the world from the forces ofevil who also want the stone.
  17. 17. I’m actually still letting the story develop in my mind before Isit down to write it. As the last book in the trilogy, it is going tobe the decisive moment for the Earth, based on his failure orsuccess in keeping the stone out of the hands of those whowould use its power for evil purposes.Stay tuned for this one – it’s gonna be a great book! Look for,“The StoryTeller’s Son” to complete the trilogy if you alreadyhave Books one and two: Book One: Celestial Games, andBook Two: The Last StoryTeller.
  18. 18. 18. How can people get in touch with you?Email: profesorbaker@gmail.comMy website is www.profesorbaker.com19. Where else can your readers find you?I am also at English Class, Reading toSpeak, Debates in EFL, Teacher of English.
  19. 19. I have a Author Page / Fan Page on Facebook, an AuthorPage on Amazon, and Goodreads , too.a) Your blog details?www.profesorbaker.blogspot.comb) Your Facebook page? Facebookc) Your Goodreads author page? Goodreads Your Twitter details? @profesortbaker!/profesortbakere) Your book trailer? Amazon page20. Where can readers buy your books?CreateSpace Amazon you so much & good luck with all your books.Thank you kindly…
  20. 20. Poems & Poetry: Our Story 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!
  21. 21. Being A Teacher in Chile“How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you who know me from reading mywriting already know my answer. The short answer, the simple answer, the easy tounderstand answer. It has two parts.First, love what you do. Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power tobe 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 ateacher, that’s number one…
  22. 22. Most Studious on Amazon KindleMost StudiousFor more than four hundred years, the personal essay has been one ofthe 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 candorand self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on the minutiae of dailylife-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs, seasonal rituals, love anddisappointment, the pleasures of solitude, reading, taking a walk — tooffer insight into the human condition and the great social and politicalissues of the day.Most Studious is a celebration of this genre: the personal essay.
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  27. 27. Teacher Talking TimeTeacher Talking Time
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  29. 29. Connectivism For EFL TeachersConnectivism For EFL Teachers
  30. 30. EdCamp Santiago: The First Seven DaysEdCamp Santiago: The First Seven Days
  31. 31. Boudicca: Her StoryBoudicca: Her Story
  32. 32. Meet Me in MemphisMeet Me in Memphis
  33. 33. The Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome BakerThe Collected Short Stories of T. Jerome Baker
  34. 34. Links to Paperback Books at Publisher Createspace: authored by Thomas Jerome Baker Alexis Sanchez: The Beautiful Game Poetry in Motion Being A Reading Teacher Being A Teacher In Chile Games: Aquarians, Lepechauns & The Pot of Gold Book Trailer: Celestial Games Song: Die Zeit Hält Nicht An / Time Never Stops aus dem MP4Life Vol3 Mixtape2010 (MPR Artists: )Phenom, Erika, J-Zwok & Chriz Connectivism & Connected Knowledge: A Personal Journey Connectivism for EFL Teachers: A Theory of Learning for A Digital Age
  35. 35. EdCamp Santiago:A R(E)volution in Professional Development Fear of Writing How to Teach the “Art” of Writing Let A Thousand Models Bloom: The Unconference is Dead La Desconferencia: Edcamp Santiago (Spanish) Luxora: My Hometown Most Studious My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile The Most Beautiful Country in the World Profesorbakers Blog: A Bit of Everything Story Tellers In Pursuit of Happiness
  36. 36. Teacher Professional Development: Reflections Teacher Talking Time: The 80 - 20 Rule ReVisited Teaching Academic Writing:Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy Teaching Debate in Chile:Age of Wisdom, Season of Light, Spring of Hope Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: Activities for EFL Teachers The Chilean National English Test: A Personal Journey The International Baccalaureate: The International Baccalaureate Program The Interview Teacher: From Imagination to Sophistication The Last Storyteller: The Philosophers Stone
  37. 37. The Native Speaker Myth ReVisited The PLN: Professional Learning Network Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers Time To Teach Teens
  38. 38. The author making the Welcome Speech at the 2010 IATEFL-TESOL International Conference held at Universidad San Sebastián in Santiago, Chile.
  39. 39. The International Baccalaureate: The InternationalBaccalaureate Program (Volume 1) [Paperback]"An international education must go well beyond the provisionof information and is involved in the development of attitudesand values which transcend barriers of race, class, religion,gender or politics." —International Baccalaureate OrganizationSubject Guide (1996). It is my belief that any education thatdoes not unite the nations of the world in a common endeavouris a relic of the past century. A common sense of sharing theresponsibility, equally, for the welfare of the planet, globally, isneeded more than ever today. Finally, I can only say one thing:The IB program is a positive way forward for any educationsystem in crisis, any education system that desires quality, anyeducation system that aspires to excellence, any educationsystem that wishes to educate its citizens in the image of thetwenty-first century, rather than the past century…
  40. 40. Alexis Sanchez: The Beautiful Game: Poetry in Motion(Volume 1) [Paperback] Beautiful Game... Alexis Sanchez, the Wonder Boy fromChile, plays football with a grace in style that is magnificent,poetry in motion. Here are the collected essays that follow hismeteoric rise to stardom with Spains most successful team ofthe past decade, FC Barcelona.
  41. 41. 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. Ihave 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 theend of the world, here in Chile. They have taught me much, through their words, theirwritings, and above all, through their example. As a teacher I owe much of who I am tothem. Nonetheless, I take complete responsibility for what I have been able to create withmy own talent and intellect. For this reason, I thank my “giants”, anonymously. I seek toemulate 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 somesmall measure, inspired another teacher to do as I do, to seek the heights of great teaching.Thomas Jerome Baker,Santiago, ChileFebruary 2012
  42. 42. Teaching Academic Writing:Theory, Practice & The Passive Voice Controversy(Volume 1) [Paperback] book, “Teaching Academic Writing”, is highly practical while addressingthe theory underpinning academic writing. It is organized into three parts. PartOne: "Writing for Scholarly Publication", takes a historical look at AcademicWriting to inform contents for an Academic Writing course.Part Two, "Helping Preservice Teachers" gives an actual course plan usedsucessfully 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.
  43. 43. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: Activities for EFL Teachers(Volume 1) [Paperback] the course of my teaching career, I have learned much from observation andexperimentation with my students. I owe an eternal debt of gratitude for their willingness tocooperate 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, thereis no substitute for the teacher’s own judgement about what works and what doesn’t workwith your students.. In this spirit, I recommend the activities for “teaching the four skills”contained within these pages.Teaching the Four Skills in EFL
  44. 44. Being A Reading Teacher [Paperback] is for me an act of transformation that is magical.Thirst and hunger fade as the words find their place in myremembrance 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 formy wife, Gabriela de Lourdes León Vargas. I read for my son,Thomas Jerome Baker, Jr. No fear of reading, I am reading...
  45. 45. Being A Teacher In Chile [Paperback]“How do you become a good teacher?” Those of you whoknow me from reading my writing already know my answer.The short answer, the simple answer, the easy to understandanswer. It has two parts.First, love what you do.Love being a teacher so much that if you had the power to beanything on Earth, pilot, astronaut, doctor, dentist, taxi-driver, singer, dancer, artist, musician, anything at all, youwould still choose to be a teacher.Love being a teacher, that’s number one.
  46. 46. The Chilean National English Test: A PersonalJourney [Paperback] 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. Heres how (restrictions apply)
  47. 47. Connectivism & Connected Knowledge: APersonal Journey [Paperback] & Connected Knowledge tells the story of myjourney from isolation to becoming globally connected tosources of knowledge. It is a journey that begins with aproposition: self-improvement that also benefits others. I goback in time to share this journey with you, certain that it willalso benefit you personally, and the members of yourpersonal and professional learning network also.
  48. 48. EdCamp Santiago: A R(E)volution inProfessional Development (Volume 1) [Paperback] book tells the story of EdCamp Santiago. EdCamp is aR(E)volution in professional develoment. It is free,participant-driven, conversation-based, democratic PD forteachers, by teachers. There are no plenaries, no publishersbook displays, just teachers talking to teachers, sharing bestpractice: what works in the classroom, practical, nottheoretical knowledge.
  49. 49. Fear of Writing [Paperback], when I write, there is a feeling of necessity, ofsomething that is stronger than myself, that demands that Imust write as I write. I have never renounced anything thatI’ve written because I’ve been afraid of certain consequences.Nothing intimidates me when I write. I say what I think mustbe said. ~ Jacques Derrida
  50. 50. How to Coach a Debate Team(Volume 1) [Paperback] book, “How to Coach a Debate Team”, contains all youneed to know to successfully coach a debate team. First, youmay need to convince your students that debate is a goodthing: 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. 6. 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...
  51. 51. How to Teach the "Art" of Writing [Paperback] 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. Heres how (restrictions apply)
  52. 52. The Interview Teacher:From Imagination to Sophistication [Paperback] interview is a genre of written English that gets very littleattention, if any, in English Language Teaching. It is highlyindividualized in nature, requiring flexibility on the part of theinterviewer and the interviewee, if it is to be genuinelyinteractive and spontaneous. Yet what conclusions can drawabout an interview, in general, that might be helpful for theEnglish Language Learner? To attempt to answer thatquestion in any kind of depth, actual interviews will be usedas a base of reference. Thus, this book attempts to shedsome light on the interview as genre in ELT.
  53. 53. The Last Storyteller:The Philosophers Stone [Paperback] 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 itemfree. Heres how (restrictions apply)
  54. 54. Let A Thousand Models Bloom:The Unconference is Dead [Paperback] 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 weighsin on hybrid events - traditional conferences that include an unconference track. Thomas,himself a Co-Founder & Co-Organiser of EdCamp Santiago, reassures the potentialunconference organiser that organising a perfect unconference is a lot less complicated thanit 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 thefreedom 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 toaccomplish, to make working an always-provisional, always-scrutinized, always-openvalue. Let a thousand models bloom, and then cross-pollinate.”(Timothy Burke, February 9, 2012, “Easily Distracted”)
  55. 55. Luxora: My Hometown: Autobiographical Essays(Volume 1) [Paperback] book is autobiographical. It relies on my subjectiveremembrance. There is a clear delineation between fact andfiction. I have tried to be true, above all, to my own Luxoraexperience. Everyone who is a Luxora Panther, with black andgold blood flowing through our veins, will find a bit of theirstory, told in my autobiographical essays. For this reason, Iwish to share and thus dedicate this book to all the people ofLuxora, Arkansas, my hometown.
  56. 56. Most Studious: A Collection of Personal Essays(Volume 1) [Paperback] For more than four hundredyears, the personal essay has been one of the richest andmost vibrant of all literary forms.Distinguished from the detached formal essay by its friendly,conversational tone, its loose structure, and its drive towardcandor and self-disclosure, the personal essay seizes on theminutiae of daily life-vanities, fashions, foibles, oddballs,seasonal rituals, love and disappointment, the pleasures ofsolitude, reading, taking a walk -- to offer insight into thehuman condition and the great social and political issues ofthe day."Most Studious" is a celebration of this genre: the personalessay.
  57. 57. My #CCK11 Experience [Paperback] “On Jan. 17 George Siemens and I will launch thethird offering of our online course called ‘Connectivism andConnective Knowledge’ — or CCK11. We use the term‘connectivism’ to describe a network-based pedagogy. Thecourse itself uses connectivist principles and is therefore aninstantiation of the philosophy of teaching and learning weboth espouse."Thomas: “This book is the result of my participation in theCCK11 course...”
  58. 58. My Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile:The Most Beautiful Country in the World(Volume 1) [Paperback] Dear Friend, Welcome to Chile. This book shares thepersonal sentiment of its author, an expat, after having livedthe past eleven years in Chile. He says: "I live in Chile, themost beautiful country in the world."He continues: "As I say these words, I want you to know thatI come from the United States of America, a country thatstretches from sea to shining sea, from the Atlantic to thePacific. The USA is indeed a magnificent country, but it isn’tChile..."
  59. 59. The Native Speaker Myth ReVisited [Paperback] I first began my blog, “Profesorbaker’s Blog: A Bit of Everything” I ran across a powerful piece of writing byKarenne Joy Sylvester, called “NNEST’s Can’t Do DOGME: Explode theMyths. It raised my level of consciousness about this issue, the NativeSpeaker Myth, from which I have been a beneficiary. Even today, thisissue rarely sees daylight, rarely is the subject of discussion when ELTteachers meet and talk shop, rarely gets any attention. It’s the “blacksheep” of the ELT profession. Within the pages of this book, that fact willbe amply evident.Does this book offer any new insights? I believe it does. And even if I’mwrong, I repay my enduring debt to Karenne Joy Sylvester for havingraised my consciousness, if all this book does, is raise yourconsciousness, dear Reader(s). However, I am convinced it will do muchmore than that. I hope you enjoy your story, for I have written this as astory for your enjoyment...
  60. 60. Pecha Kucha & English Language Teaching[Paperback] saw my first Pecha Kucha over three years ago. It was when I wasworking at Universidad Andrés Bello at Campus Casona in Santiago withthe students in the English Pedagogy program. I admit I’ve beenfascinated by “Pecha Kucha” ever since that first time. I rememberbeing very impressed by the performance I watched.There were a number of reasons for this. For now, let me share with youwhy I find Pecha Kucha to be so impressive and fascinating as apresentation technique. You feel it – through your eyes – to your brain –to your emotions. It’s visual storytelling.Thats what the Pecha Kucha is, visual literacy in its purest form...
  61. 61. The PLN: Professional Learning Network[Paperback] am grateful and thankful for all the informal and formallearning opportunities I have had access to through theindividual and collective members of my PLN, my ProfessionalLearning Network.Each one of you is indispensable to my learning, and thusly, Itreasure 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 andknowledge of 12,614,973 people. Let me spell that out:Twelve million, six hundred fourteen thousand, nine hundredand seventy three people...
  62. 62. The Spelling Bee for EFL Teachers [Paperback] is the Cinderella of language learning. Ask a teacherhow to teach spelling, and the answer will most likely beechoed by students: Read books. Pay attention to words.Notice them.While knowing words is important, what can be done to spellunknown words is the larger question. This book will take alook at both the spelling of known and unknown words, andbe an experiential account of the authors encounter withspelling as both a learner and a teacher of English as aForeign Language.
  63. 63. Story Tellers: In Pursuit of Happiness [Paperback] Tellers have always told the stories of mans pursuit ofgold 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 andmisfortunes of mans attempt to achieve tremendous wealthand power. It is a story which will leave you wiser about thetrue meaning of love, success, and happiness in our lives...
  64. 64. Teacher Professional Development: Reflections[Paperback] Professional Development: Reflections. Whats thedifference between a great teacher and an average teacher?Thats a complicated question, with many variables. For me,the answer is a simple one, however: Teacher ProfessionalDevelopment. I share my reflections and my personalexperience on this topic with you...
  65. 65. Teacher Talking Time: The 80 - 20 RuleReVisited [Paperback]“Isn’t there a rule of thumb that teachers are supposed to talksomething 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: LiseBell, what a great teacher she was.) My DELTA teacher?(Christine Ng, also a superb teacher) I got up and looked atthe numerous “How to Teach” books on my bookshelf bythese and many more authors. No, no, and yet no again. Icouldn’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 aboutat any length. At least, not in ELT.” Thats why this book isvery necessary, to fill that gap in our EFL knowledge.
  66. 66. Teaching Debate in Chile: Age of Wisdom, Season of Light,Spring of Hope (Volume 1) [Paperback] should we teach our students to debate?Here’s a global answer: "Sooner or later, all the people of theworld will have to discover a way to live together in peace... Ifthis is to be achieved, man must evole for all human conflict amethod which rejects revenge, aggression, and retaliation..."Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - 1964 Nobel Peace PrizeAcceptance Speech
  67. 67. A Test The World Can Take (Volume 1) [Paperback] “The quality of an educationsystem 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 veryreal way of finding out how well-prepared today’s studentsare to participate in society. The OECDs latest PISA Surveytests reading, mathematics and science performance bystudents in 65 economies worldwide. In light of the educationunrest in Chile of the past year, it is quite a revelation toknow of the progress Chilean students have made over thepast decade. That done, will the Chilean system evolve into ahigh performing one? If Chile gets education reform right, (abig if) there is no doubt that it surely will evolve positively...
  68. 68. Time To Teach Teens [Paperback] can we get teenagers engaged in autonomous andcooperative learning? If the teenagers you teach are like theones I teach, this is not an easy task. Why?Because being a teenager is difficult. However, I believe thereare some avenues Ive taken that can offer a way to increaseyour success in teaching teens.The aim of this book is therefore, to share experieces whichhave worked. This is not intended to prescribe, but todescribe.The successful teacher will adapt my experience to their ownteaching and learning context.
  69. 69. Connectivism and Connected Knowledge:Participating in a MOOC [Kindle Edition], there are two ways to find out what learning in amassive, open, online course is like: One, you can participatein such a course, provided you have the time necessary toinvest in such a learning experience. When your time is thelimited and precious commodity that we all know it to be, youmay not be able to participate, however. Don’t feel bad aboutthat. That’s life, and for the majority of us mortals, we workfor a living in a world that will not let us simply employ ourtime in any pursuit. We have to be selective, to be balancedwith the way in which we invest our time. Families, friends,hobbies, rest & relaxation demand an equal share of the 24hour clock. So, if we can’t participate in a MOOC, that leavesoption two available. Option Two? You can read this book…
  70. 70. Writing For Publication: Publish or Perish[Kindle Edition] or Perish. Like it or not, if you have chosen academiaas a career, there is very little alternative to publishing. Youmust 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 ayear, simply is not enough. Yet how to publish, when no oneever taught you how to write and publish a Research Article,let alone an entire book. This book fills that gap by sharingwith students, teachers, investigators and researchers thewriting for publication process. Its message is reduced to onefundamental virtue: Perseverance. Rejection is to be expectedand is dealt with positively. If a writer is perseverant, her /his efforts will result in publication...
  71. 71. Native Speaker Needed? [Kindle Edition] the 2007 TESOL Chile Conference the question was asked: Are native speakerteachers automatically the best teachers of a language? Just because you speak alanguage naturally, does that mean you can teach it? Or does the process oflearning a language to a high level of fluency make non-native speaker teachersfar better equipped to teach that language? This book shares the global voices ofthose on both sides of the issue, pro and con, with their realities, perceptions andbeliefs.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 parentsprefer the Native Speaker. Others say the evidence does not support thatstatement. This is where we begin our journey.The book takes this point of departure, the never ending controversy of themythical Native Speaker as the ideal language teacher, privileged, superior, andwith a standard of English unattainable for a learner. Right from the outset, thelearner is doomed to ultimate failure, to possess a level of language known as"interlanguage" a linguistic Limbo...
  72. 72. Meet Me In Memphis [Kindle Edition] is a tale of serendipitous romance and fortuitousmisfortune. It’s got a familiar feel, mixing in the culture oftwo nations, and two world-renowned cities, Memphis andSantiago. A romance needs beauty, and this book has themythological 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 tomake. That is, if the choice can be made. I would be remiss inmy 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 totravel, to go “Walking in Memphis”, to enjoy the culture andcustoms you will find within its pages. So, will you, “Meet Mein Memphis?”
  73. 73. Looking For Catarina [Kindle Edition] In “Looking For Catarina” you willfind two lovers, who are world’s apart. Indeed, they are separated bytheir worlds. In such instances, one resigns oneself to the realities thatgovern life, and in time, the memory of the other fades away.Or grows stronger, with each passing day, each passing moment, andbinds one beyond, time, distance, and space itself. Caterina will be lovedby one who feels this depth and intensity and love. Yet will it be enoughto save her from her fate?As you go “Looking For Catarina”, you will be looking for your ownredemption, affirming a present love, or resolving a love story thatpresented impossible obstacles, and you let your love slip away. In thiscenturies old love story, you reclaim that love, and hold it near and dearto you, day by day, moment by moment, century by century. I would beremiss in my duties if I did not leave you with a caution: This book is forlovers only. If you be without love, the reading of this book will causeyou to go, “Looking for Catarina”, looking for love…
  74. 74. Boudicca: Her Story [Kindle Edition] 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 Romanhistorian, Tacitus, left us an account of the Roman victoryover Queen Boudicca in the year A.D. 60-61.Yet undeniably, every community has a memory of itself. Nota history, nor an archive, nor an authoritative record, but aliving memory, an awareness of a collective identity woven ofa thousand stories.Now, with the help of the Roman historian Tacitus, I shall tellyou Queen Boudicca’s story, her-story……
  75. 75. Professionalism & Serendipity for Teachers:Powerful Cognitive Learning [Kindle Edition] Serendipity is defined as, " Afortunate discovery made by luck." Many scientific discoverieswere made serendipitously: antibiotics, X-Rays, gravity, etc.The list could stretch on for days. Yet the nagging question isthis one: Was it really all due to serendipity? Just plain luck?Or was there something else at work, something that hadbeen done prior to the incident of serendipity? As a teacher,the limited time and resources we have available demand thatwe make professional development an intentional act, that is,if we are to derive maximum benefits from our efforts, andultimately, for our students. This book offers plain, tried andtested, simple yet powerful, cognitive approach to maximisethe students and teachers learning, anywhere, anytime, byanybody...
  76. 76. Unlocking Reading For All Students [Kindle Edition] This book shares readingfundamentals that were presented to a group of teachers at aschool where I worked, Colegio del Verbo Divino, in LasCondes, in the city of Santiago de Chile. In this sense, it hasundergone actual practical application of the conceptspresented. Further, in terms of theory, this book aims toshare research on reading, and more importantly, how to helpstudents unlock the key to a lifetime of pleasure and learning.It does not seek to cause controversy, rather, it seeks toserve as a reference for the first time teacher of reading andfor the experienced teacher of reading who wishes to returnto the basics of reading, as defined by the National ReadingPanel in 2000.
  77. 77. Teaching the Four Skills in EFL: [Kindle Edition] Over the course of myteaching career I have learned much from observation andexperimentation with my students. I owe an eternal debt ofgratitude for their willingness to cooperate with me over theyears.Thank you, dear students!EFL Teachers: No matter how good a particular resource orlesson may be, in the end, there is no substitute for theteacher’s own judgement about what works and what doesn’twork with your students.. In this spirit, I recommend theactivities for teaching the four skills contained within thesepages.
  78. 78. Epilogue: A Personal Message For the readers of my booksThank you, one and all, individually and collectively, forbuying my books. Your support and your loyalty is greatlyappreciated. Without you, I must honestly admit that I wouldnot have sat down to write as much and as often as I have.Reader(s) are inspirational for writers, let there be no doubtabout that.As I look over the books I have written, I admit I am contentwith what I have written, and how I have written. Firstly,“What” I have written is my life story, my autobiography, inevery line and in every word. It is full of life, a life lived, fullof hopes and dreams, joys and pleasure, and yes, failure andpain.You will agree with me that I am human, with lots of deedsand qualities that I am proud of, and an equal amount ofdeeds and qualities that give me much to strive for in thefuture, namely, to become a better person, in spite of thedifficulty that goal obviously entails.My stories and my books about teaching reveal my way ofthinking. I am dedicated, I am motivated, I am a teacher. Ilove teaching English, and I equally love meeting teachers.My books leave no doubt about the sincerity of my love forthe profession of teaching, and for my deep and abiding faiththat we can do better, as teachers, if we help each other toachieve the outer limits of our potential. The saying,
  79. 79. “Together we are better”, has never been more true thantoday, never more possible, than today. We have the toolsand 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, wemust continue when the wind dies down. We can not wait forsomeone else to come along, when we are already here.Though we may lose faith when we are disappointed, we mustregain 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, capableof great things, together. We must never lose hope, for it isthe source of ultimate goodness that we all possess.In my books, hope, faith, power, all come together to answerthe three questions asked by Secretary-General DagHammerskjöld:If not now, When? We answer: Now. If not here, Where? Weanswer: Here. If not you, Who? We answer: I. That is whatmy writing is all about, helping you to realise that what we donow, right here, matters...Thank you kindly, in advance, all of you, for buying my books,right now, right here. It’s the beginning of somethingwonderful, for you, for your students, for all of us...
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  81. 81. Book Trailer: Celestial Games: The First Pot of Gold Website: Amazon: Createspace: **Contact the author at: Slideshare: LinkedIn: Twitter:!/profesortbaker Blogspot: Wordpress: *** Song: Die Zeit Hält Nicht An / Time Never Stops aus dem MP4Life Vol3 Mixtape2010 (MPR Artists: ) Phenom, Erika, J-Zwok & Chriz Die Zeit hält niemals an (MPR) Phenom,Erika,J-Zwok&Chriz