Category Archives: email

Reverse Engineer Solutions to Problems You Experience in the Classroom

The February faculty newsletter from darcylear.com is out now. The theme is creating professional development and career prep lessons by reverse engineering solutions to problems you are experiencing. Examples include: professional email writing, letter of recommendation requests, memo writing as … Continue reading

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Professional email Writing: Professional Development and Career Prep for Language Courses #CareerPrepLangs

Last week’s professional development and career preparation in-class activity for me was email writing. In that lesson, we start with appropriate professional salutations and closings in the target language, the importance of using a clear subject line to ensure that … Continue reading

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#CareerPrepLangs New in 2016 from darcylear.com

To start off 2016, I have set up two new hashtags: #CareerPrepLangs #CareerPrepSpan Each day, I will post one tweet in English and one in Spanish on professional development and career preparation.   These are elements that I integrate into my … Continue reading

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Three Phrases to Avoid in email Correspondence and Why This Will Make You a Better Communicator

First, the phrases to avoid.  Please avoid using these three phrases when drafting emails: “Friendly reminder“ “Quick question“ “IMPORTANT”   Let’s take them one by one. “Friendly reminder” If you have to say “this is a friendly reminder,” that’s a sure … Continue reading

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Students at the Famously NOT Practical University of Chicago Get Schooled in Practical Applications for their Spanish

Within the humanities, there is a tension between the life of the mind and practical, professional training.   Traditionally, the humanities are dedicated to “development of the whole person” or “learning for learning’s sake,” which  provides a solid foundation for … Continue reading

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Make Sure Your Professional Correspondence Is Something the Recipient Will Reply To

This week’s video tip is in the form of a screencast. It walks you through the elements of an email, detailing the DOs and DON’Ts of email writing for a professional context.  Click here to see the Jing screencast.

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A NOBLE Resource for Business Language Educators

The Network of Business Educators website is an excellent resource for language educators (and students) who are interested in applying language skills in the professional workplace.  “This site compiles resources, news, and events to help educators prepare students with language … Continue reading

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