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A Life Teaching Languages: A Memoir from Mississippi to the Bronx
by Linda Watkins-Goffman
University of Michigan Press, 2015
Paper: 978-0-472-03510-6 | eISBN: 978-0-472-12165-6
Library of Congress Classification P59.3.W38 2015
Dewey Decimal Classification 410.922

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Everyone faces crossroads. While not everyone meets at the same crossroads, we all juggle multiple identities. It is these roles--sometimes conflicting and other times fitting together seamlessly--that Linda Watkins-Goffman explores in A Life Teaching Languages: A Memoir from Mississippi to the Bronx.   
 
In this memoir of an educator, Watkins-Goffman offers insights she has gained from her years of traveling, teaching, and writing and shares how her experiences have shaped her teaching philosophy. According to Watkins-Goffman, teachers must communicate authentically to teach effectively and, to accomplish this, they must connect their own experiences in some way with those of their students. The stories she tells are sure to resonate with pre-service and practicing teachers alike. Her reflections about her own experiences will be useful to readers who plan to become ESL educators, or those who simply seek inspiration about teaching.
 


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