Upon reflecting on how I became an EFL teacher in Venezuela (by Miguel Mendoza)

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  1. Barbara Barbara says:

    Thank you for this, Miguel! Now that I know your background in art, I can understand why everything you put together looks so lovely–not just great content, but attractive and welcoming!

    I’d never heard the term “functional diversity” before. Thank you for teaching me! I think it’s a great way to describe difference rather than handicap, and will definitely use it in the future.

    I feel so lucky that our paths crossed and I can call you a friend, and am looking forward to sharing many more adventures together with the Webheads and iTDi!

  2. Thanks to you Barbara. This has been a really, really interesting experience…sort of cathartic…insightful …introspective.

    What I love about “functional diversity” or “people with disabilities” (inclusive language) is that they have been put forward by the community itself. Any EFL-ESL teacher (well all educators for that matter) should be familiar with inclusive language and “be aware of the impact of their verbal and written language on others” especially those who have been excluded for years.

    One of the things I love from the web is the connections you make and the possibilities of meeting people from all over the world (sitting in front of your PC/laptop or when using your smartphone/Ipad anywhere). It is an honour to be your friend and colleague. Hope I can contribute more to Webheads and iTDi!:)

    • yong kim says:

      I also just know ‘functional diversity’ which is so sympathetic
      for me to go together. Amazing words.. Thanks.

      • Yes, Yong Kim. They are really sympathetic. I wonder if people with disabilities will stick to “functional diversity” or will keep on finding more inclusive words which I think it’s great….I have a dream (borrowing Mr. King’s words) we will have more diverse classrooms (which may imply training for teachers) to give opportunities to everybody to learn and become part of the places where they live in.

  3. Hi Miguel and Barbara

    I enjoyed reading this guest post so much!! Thank you Miguel, or sharing your fantastic teaching journey. All the incredible work you have done in your life and your artistic creativity, as seen in the story of Sad Ness, is really inspiring.

    You are a wonderful emoderator, and your passion and enthusiasm shone through the hugely rewarding and fabulous Podcasting course I took with you and your co-moderators in January this year.

    I am glad you took your mother’s advice……they are always right, as they have a very perceptive intuition about what works best for their children :-))

    I hope to meet you f2f one day!



    • Thanks Janet! Oh Sad Ness that was some story and also a very nice experience: a lot of latino drama and a bit of humor I think:)…

      I have really enjoyed moderating the ESL-EFL Podcasting for the Language Classroom a lot (EVO 2011-2012)…In fact, I have met fantastic people like you, Annie, Lenio, Maja, Helene, Chris, Kerry, Steve, many others and even Barbara! It’s the “magic” of the web and a different way of connecting with others…and it works!

      Oh yes! Mothers! LOL…They always know what’s best for us or so they say:)

  4. Loved this write-up, Miguel and finally learning a bit more about someone I’ve been interacting online with for now almost 2 years!

    Hope to catch up with you one of these days at a conference!

    Best from Paris, Brad

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