Well, one way to answer such a thought provoking question is to show
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
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
by Fulbright, I worked for the Philippine Department of Education,
and Sports in Manila training English language teachers throughout the
country. I gave workshops to more than 4,000 high school and college
on how to use context embedded teaching to make their lessons more
I also trained some 800 teachers on using the internet to enrich their
English, science and math classes. In the Philippines all English,
and math are taught in English from the first grade on.
The highlight of all the computer workshops came when I was
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
Internet. I can still see her jumping for joy when she pushed the
button and her lime green page with swaying palm trees and her recipe
She certainly impressed the computer experts in the class who thought
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
my experience in the Philippines. My experiences in the Philippines are
recounted in my 2003 book Filipino English and Taglish: Language
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.
- Learning languages: I do best at English,
and am currently working at becoming fluent in Hungarian. As a linguist
I have dabbled in Cakchiquel, Hebrew, Portuguese,
Chinese, and American Sign Language (which I fail at miserably because
I shut my
eyes when I want to concentrate). My Chinese is a no-go as I have
trouble with the tones--but I love the food. I learned only a few words
in the Philippines since everyone speaks English as it is the language
of half the school subjects. I was expected to speak English every
Even street signs and advertisements are in English.
- Parenting: I have nine children--all fantastic, of
believe in producing quality, you might as well do it enthusiastically
and in quantity. I also have twenty-one grandchildren and counting.
- Biking: I have ridden a bike to school or work nearly
since 1960. I biked Nordrhein/Westfalen in Germany for two and a half
No, I don't wear a helmet.
- Traveling/living abroad: I love being in new places,
interacting with the people, and trying to figure out how they do
I've taught/studied in Patzicia and Solola, Guatemala; Quebec City, Quebec;
Mexico City and Cholula, Mexico;
Pecs, Hungary; Bonn, Dueren,
Herford, Krefeld, and Solingen, Germany;
Boracay, Cagayan de Oro, Dumaguete, Iloilo, Manila, Pasig and Tacloban, Philippines; Hong Kong, Macau, and Weihai, China; and Utrecht, Netherlands.
If you see me with a glazed look in my eyes, I'm probably daydreaming
another foreign adventure.
- Oral history/family history: If you belong to any of
lines, we might be related: Scotland: Moffat, McLean, McPhail,
USA: Cooke, Hopkins, Thompson, Richardson, Ransom, Howard, Denison, Schnell
Gentzler (Guenzler), Schweizer, Schneider,
Feig, Lallatin (actually an amorous pepper merchant from Italy who
through Germany in the early 1700's). Family tradition says there is
Chippewa mixed in there somewhere. Three of my ancestors came over on
the Mayflower so I'm about as thoroughly American as you can get.
- Music: Anything but country-western. My favorite
Kapp Perry, Jeff Goodrich, and Michael McLean (If you know who they
you have another important clue as to who I am.)
- Dancing: Latin is my favorite. I'll do just about
(including folkdancing). At one time I was a dance instructor. Just
ask me to do country western line dancing or clogging.
- Beaches: Anywhere I go, I check out the beaches first.
is being barefoot in shorts near the water--yes, I wear a swimming suit
even on the beaches of Europe. Our favorite beach in the Philippines
Boracay. Ah, yes, I love cleaning my pool--great time for thinking and
daydreaming. I also swim a kilometer every morning before starting on
activities for the day.
- Thinking: I know that seems strange, but I like to
ways to do the tried and true so it will be attractive for the next
(I also have a low threshold of boredom--thinking is a good antidote.)