Last Dispatch

Published on 4th January, 2011 in Author Blog by Lindsay Clandfield

For any author keen on travelling, 2010 was a dream by any account. Take a look at the numbers.

The 2010 Global Launch Author Tour

Number of countries visited: 19
Number of cities visited: 60 +
Number of planes taken: I lost count after 45
Number of hours spent in Ryanair non-priority boarding queue: I don’t even want to think about that.

Number of international conferences attended: 15
Number of talks, seminars and workshops given: just over 100
Number of times the technology has failed me during a talk: 2
Number of times I’ve tweeted someone else’s talk (with permission): 6
Number of great teachers met: 4000 +

Number of times I’ve forgotten where I was: 1
Number of times I’ve been told that people were expecting a woman: 8
Number of interviews given for local journals or internet sites: 5

Number of other books I’ve been working on during this time: 4
Number of dispatches written: 23
Number of awards Global has received: 3
Number of times I’ve said “That’s it, next year I’m taking a break”: 50
Number of times I’ve regretted agreeing to the Global Launch Tour: 0

4 Comments

  • Happy New Year, Lindsay! What will 2011 bring? Hope it’s just as exciting, but perhaps a bit more relaxing?! (Okay, I know you’re not going to slow down any time soon, but you’ve got to start off with the best intentions!)

    Julie Moore on 18 January, 2011
  • Dear Lindsay,

    I work for a BA in ELT program in Mexico. We recently had the visit of the academic consultant and will be using Global starting next semester. You have achieved a very thorough syllabus!
    There are however a couple of things that can definitely improve this already amazing material:
    1. THe elementary book includes an article about ESkimos. THe word Eskimo is offensive and the actual word is inuit. Eskimos would be the equivalent of neegers ofr AFricanamerican.
    2. THere are asome issue with the grammar exercises where in the cd rom studens have to choose ansers ( modals). It seems that wrong ENglish use has been included as distractors.( exmaple could´t kept).

    II hope this can be of some help . We look frowards to working with Global.

    Rosa Maria Funderburk Razo on 2 June, 2012
  • Dear Rosa

    It’s Lindsay Clandfield here, the lead author of Global.

    First of all, I’m very pleased that you are going to use Global and I wish you all the best with it. I’m so happy that it is being used in Mexico, as it was at the Universidad Autonoma de Chiapas that I began my teaching career.

    To address your queries. As a Canadian I am well aware of the negative connotation of the word eskimo. The “great eskimo vocabulary hoax” is the term that is used about that particular linguistic story and this is well documented in the literature. Here for example is a book from the University of Chicago http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/G/bo3684610.html, and here is the wikipedia entry http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eskimo_words_for_snow

    It was difficult to refer to this linguistic hoax without using the original word. However, since I know that Eskimo is a derogatory term we included the following sentence in the text of the student book

    Native people of the Arctic don’t use the word Eskimo. They don’t like it. They call themselves Inuit or Aleut.

    I think that this helps make it clear, and can become an interesting point for development or discussion in class as well! Critical thinking is something we encourage in Global, and a critical look at language use is part of that.

    The second issue about distractors in the eworkbook. I do not know that particular exercise, but I know that it’s sometimes the case that an incorrect usage will be used as a distractor/incorrect answer in a multiple choice exercise and I believe that’s fine. However, if the correct choice was an incorrect phrase or word then that would be a problem. I will refer this to the editors of the e-workbook though in any case and thank you for picking up on it.

    Lindsay Clandfield on 6 June, 2012
  • Hi Lindsay!
    I am about to use Global pre-intermediate for a 30 hour course with in-service secondary school teachers of various non-linguistic subjects. I know that the book is meant for a 90-hour course. Could you suggest me any way to select the material?
    Thanks and hope to hear from you soon.

    maria rosaria francomacaro on 16 July, 2012