Equating a Knowledge of English with Intelligence

A lovely video that touches upon some important topics… the global reach and influence of the TOEFL exam, disappearing languages and the globalization of English, equating a knowledge of English with intelligence, the problem of translating knowledge, the great divide between those who can afford standardized tests and those who cannot…..

And this very worrying statistic (from the MIT Indigenous Language Initiative):


Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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