Monday, June 16, 2008


The purpose of this blog is to share interesting ideas I have found in recent American professional publications dealing with the teaching of English at all levels, elementary, secondary and college.

Topic: Speaking

Title: “What Toastmasters Can Do for Writers.” John K. Borchardt. The Writer (July 2008), p. 37. The Writer is a magazine by writers for writers. Its goal is to keep the writer’s spirits up.

Summary: A pitch for Toastmasters, a non-profit organization that costs to join. Many people participate. The interesting idea in this article is the 7-minute pitch for your book or article to editors. Advice: Grab ‘em at the start. Get to the point. Another exercise: “Table Topics.” Someone asks a question. You have 15 to 30 seconds to prepare a one-to-two minute answer. Another exercise: 30 seconds to present your qualifications.

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