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16
FEB
2017
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Teaching Matters: The Perception of Time and Value of Punctuality in American Culture

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro’ narrow chinks of his cavern.” – William Blake (1757-1827), English poet, painter and printmaker   The concept of...
21
JAN
2017
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Culture Corner: Identifying & Respecting Personal Space

  “Courtesy costs nothing.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American writer, philosopher   How close is too close? How can English language learners – and native speakers too! – create more comfortable conversation spaces with strangers, friends and family...
24
JAN
2017
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Teaching Matters: Eating Etiquette

“Food is our common ground, a universal experience.” -James Beard (1903-1985), American author   Previously on the blog, we’ve addressed how to make positive first impressions in a variety of settings, from a handshake to a professional email. But table manners...