Christmas Experience

We Three Kings of Orient are; bearing gifts we traverse afar… In 1857 Reverend John Henry Hopkins, Jr. who was an author, book illustrator, stained glass window designer, clergyman and editor of the New York Church Journal wrote this carol for a pageant. The lyrics tell the story of three magi or wise men named Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar who set out on a long journey with gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh for the baby Jesus. Over the years there have been many debates about whether this carol is accurate in its details. Were there only three wise men? Did they actually find their destination by following a star in the sky? Was their arrival at the stable the same night that the baby was born? Who paid expenses for the journey? It’s funny how sometimes we think things have to be a certain way “just because” someone said Read More …

The Present Situation For Writing And Publishing Creative Writing For Children In Africa

Africa has been marked by a dearth of books, especially picture story books for younger children reflecting an African environment both in textual context and illustration. Problems militating against a rapid growth in writing and publishing for children in Africa include the following: (1) The bulk of reading matters available to the African child are textbooks rather than books for pleasure and enjoyment. (2) Most children’s books are still imported. Such imported works are mostly insensitive to local culture, and unreflective of the social realities of the African child and his aspirations. (3) Not enough African published children’s books are available. (4) If they are available the illustrations in them are either (a) of poor quality (b) not in full colour (c) Do not have beautiful dust jackets. (5) And if they are in full colour, and of good quality, they are either much too expensive or for an elitist Read More …

Fraud In English Language Education – Keep Your Money Safe From Criminals

FRAUD used by SCHOOLS Students want to attend high quality established schools. Schools will use fraud to attract students to their school or attempt to appear more established to qualify for government programs or association membership. Schools that claim to have specific affiliations, qualifications, assets, programs, staff or history that are untrue are committing fraud. Schools have also used fraudulent statistics to show jobs or salary upon graduation. A favorite trick is to name a language school as a “college”. The word college in Canada is not an official use name and anyone can name any building, house or barn as a college. Students should not choose a school simply because it has college in the name. College in the name does not mean anything in Canada. Another trick is to use the same name or almost identical name of a famous school in the USA, UK, Asia, or Europe. Read More …

Calm Down! Chillax

God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay… No one knows who wrote these lyrics but it is believed that they originated in the sixteenth century when bands travelled around London singing in taverns. The first publication was in 1833 and since then, people in different countries have adopted this carol as part of their traditional celebrations at Christmastime. The word “dismay” is not one that we usually use in everyday conversation. It means “distress”. There are more contemporary ways of stating “Let nothing you dismay”. One day, for example, when I was in a bit of a panic at work trying to get everything done, my son said “Chillax”. At first I was puzzled as I had never heard this word before. Once I thought about it though and realized that it is a combination of the words “chill” and “relax” I laughed. People need to chillax more Read More …