As the world becomes more connected, people from different countries, who speak different languages, need to find ways to communicate. Yumi Matsumoto examines how people from diverse backgrounds use English as a lingua franca to bridge these linguistic and cultural divides.
“I am providing a service to the community by teaching, but I am also learning through the service,” says Anne Pyzocha, a student in the Educational Linguistics Division, specializing in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, or TESOL.
When educators are under mental duress, they often focus on how they can help their students. This is both natural and noble. But Howard Stevenson, a Penn GSE clinical psychologist who specializes in trauma, believes educators limit their impact and put themselves at risk if they don’t take steps to care for their well-being.
Ebony Elizabeth Thomas discussed the casting of a black woman as Ariel in the upcoming “Little Mermaid” remake. “Whether it’s seeing people of color traveling faster than the speed of light, or as superheroes, dragons, or even mermaids, when we see ourselves in these roles, even as kids we believe we can do anything,” she said. “These images shape our minds on a subconscious level.”