Springtime Amusement Park—Doha, Qatar

Yallah.Like a couple bandits, we hop over barricades, slip between the bumpers of stopped cars, and cut through construction sites to reach the Doha fairground.  Two illuminated prongs tower in the distance. I trod towards them. Your placid eyes follow me—easygoing and open to adventure, curious about the promises that I offer. Suddenly, between the… Continue reading Springtime Amusement Park—Doha, Qatar

Interactive Videos and H5P

Image source This is my third post for a series in which I develop and appraise English language learning activities using the web-based program H5P. For other posts in the series, please click on the tag H5P. Ever since the advent of Youtube, there has been a near endless amount of video content that can… Continue reading Interactive Videos and H5P

Three Photos from Sri Lanka

Last August, I spent seven days in Colombo, Sri Lanka exploring the city and the surrounding country. Though Sri Lanka was still developing and bore the wounds of a decades long civil war and the 2004 tsunami, I was captivated by the country's openness and hospitality towards me. I hope that the Easter Sunday tragedy… Continue reading Three Photos from Sri Lanka

Senior Pictures at Cape Kiwanda

The summer before my oldest son's senior year, my two boys (Zylan and Ronan) and I took a trip out to Portland, OR to visit my brother Francis. My brother is a freelance artist, and as a favor to me -- besides hosting my sons and me for a week -- he agreed to take… Continue reading Senior Pictures at Cape Kiwanda

Cruising the Al Khor Coastal Road

Image Source Since arriving in Doha almost two years ago, I have been experiencing its building boom firsthand.  My initial residence was at Al Safa Royal Suites in the Musheirib area of the city. There was a gaping pit near the hotel that was the site of the Musheirib Metro Station. From my hotel window,… Continue reading Cruising the Al Khor Coastal Road

Creating Drag-the-Word Activities with H5P

This is my second post for a series in which I develop and appraise English language learning activities using the web-based program H5P. For other posts in the series, please click on the tag H5P. Today I had some time during my office hour -- a couple of students were completing make-up writing assessments --… Continue reading Creating Drag-the-Word Activities with H5P