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  • Christmas in the Philippines

    The Republic of the Philippines is the only country in Asia where Christians are the majority. Catholicism came from Spain in the late 1500s and while many Filipino Christmas traditions come directly from the religioius calendar and would be recognizable...
    By Eric W. Vogt October 19, 2011 

  • Environmental Lesson Plan for ESL Learners: Cane Toads

    Cane toads are a devastating pest causing havoc to Australian wildlife in the north. But determined groups of locals are getting together to stop their relentless march across the country. Explore this environmental lesson plan for ESL learners with a...
    By Anne Vize February 2, 2011 

  • Christmas in Denmark

    If your favorite holiday is Christmas, you're Danish at heart. It is the most popular holiday in the country and one that is celebrated for longer -- not just on the 25th of December. Learn a bit more about this warm country in a cold place...
    By Eric W. Vogt December 21, 2010 


  • Christmas in the American Southwest

    The Southwestern region of the United States is a blend of cultures, perhaps more fused than in any other part of the country. The landscape and cultures have created more of a salad than a melting pot.
    By Eric W. Vogt December 21, 2010 

  • Christmas in Canada

    The Christmas traditions of Canada are inherited from England and France, primarily, but also include the German tradition of the Christmas tree, introduced in the mid 1700s, beginning in Nova Scotia. Learn more in this article and link to further information...
    By Eric W. Vogt November 5, 2010 

  • Christmas in Germany? Try Munich's Christkindlmarkt.

    If you're going to be in Germany between Thanksgiving and Christmas, don't miss the Christkindlmart, or Christmas Market, in Munich.
    By Peter Boysen December 19, 2009 


  • Creating Cultures for Online Virtual Worlds - Part II

    The first step in creating cultures for online virtual worlds involves learning how to identify elements of real life cultures and then looking at cultures created by other writers.
    By Milawe June 29, 2009 

  • Financial “Rescue" or “Bailout": Language Does Matter in Financial Crises: Part 1: Early US History

    The phenomenon of cultural reactions to language is clearly in play in the history of the financial boom & bust crises marking U.S. history, from the Panic of 1792 through the current financial crisis of 2008. We look at early descriptions of financial...
    By Finn Orfano November 24, 2008 

  • Australian Distance Education

    Imagine living in a place where the distances are so vast you can't drive to your local school. Education is an essential, but how do you do it if you can't get to your school? You use distance education, of course!
    By Anne Vize October 14, 2008 
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