Who is Roger anyway?

Well, one way to answer such a thought provoking question is to show another picture. I'm the guy with the glasses standing in the back. The others are my wife and my children (and three grandchildren) at a family reunion a decade ago at Bear Lake on the Utah/Idaho border. (If you believe in quality you might as well have a lot of them--reunions or children--the choice is yours. I now have twenty-one grandchildren)

In 1996-1997 while we were in the Philippines on a sabbatical sponsored by Fulbright, I worked for the Philippine Department of Education, Culture, and Sports in Manila training English language teachers throughout the country. I gave workshops to more than 4,000 high school and college teachers on how to use context embedded teaching to make their lessons more effective. I also trained some 800 teachers on using the internet to enrich their English, science and math classes. In the Philippines all English, science, and math are taught in English from the first grade on.

The highlight of all the computer workshops came when I was helping a 65 year old teacher who had never worked with a computer. She decided to put her favorite recipe for buko pie (Philippine coconut cream) on the Internet. I can still see her jumping for joy when she pushed the reload button and her lime green page with swaying palm trees and her recipe appeared. She certainly impressed the computer experts in the class who thought there was no way that an old person could learn to make homepages in one easy lesson. Since then I have taught English in China, the Netherlands, and Hungary.

The new version of  Roger's TESOL Page reflects my experience in the Philippines. My experiences in the Philippines are recounted in my 2003 book Filipino English and Taglish: Language switching from multiple perspectives published by John Benjamins.

Before you take a look at my academic CV, I'd suggest you scroll down for a more personal introduction. 

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