Language has always fascinated me. To me, it is a living, breathing, moving, growing, evolving entity that underpins everything we do, think, say, and feel. My mind is attracted to words – how they sound; how they are produced; how they make us feel; the ease with which one word rolls off the tongue while another requires focused attention to pronounce. Try ten, boda, saral, bonjour or happy versus ambrosia, quiescence, mariposa, embouteillage, chuchoter, rimjhim, or vaatsalya.  

Although I now reside in Gainesville, Florida, I hail from Trinidad and Tobago, a twin-island republic in the Caribbean. During my childhood, my world was always filled with music in different languages: Trinidad Creole, English, Hindi, and even Spanish. I was formally introduced to Hindi as a foreign language during elementary school (around the same time I was learning Trinidad Standard English). I remember finding the Devanagari script to be enchanting and the sounds of the language captivating and poetic. Fast forward to secondary school (around 11 years of age), I met Spanish and French. For most of my life, these five distinct languages have contributed to my love of language; my love of learning language(s); and, my eventual love for teaching language(s). Hence the birth of lovelanguaging.com.

I started my professional journey as a secondary school foreign language teacher circa 2002, straight out of university. I was young, inexperienced but oh so full of ideas and energy. I was immediately assigned to classes that were preparing for high-stakes examinations (cue heart palpitations, leg shaking, and deep breathing). It was daunting but I saw it as a welcome challenge. I knew NOTHING, NADA, ZILCH, RIEN DU TOUT, KUCCH NAHIN about pedagogy or educational best practices. I was neither trained nor prepared for what lay ahead but I remember finding a quiet spot in the staffroom and troubleshooting new, innovative ways to engage my eager students. Sans Google, sans expert advice. I used my experience as a language learner, student, and aficionado. That year, the entire foreign language class gained As and Bs. Two students even won national scholarships in the foreign language category. Needless to say, I was bitten by the lovelanguaging bug and I absolutely needed to learn more.

I went on to enrich my knowledge, skills, and expertise in the field of foreign language education by embracing diverse learning opportunities: Masters in  Applied Linguistics (language learning and teaching), certification in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT), ongoing training in new methods of teaching listening/speaking skills, diploma in applying the Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) approach, qualitative/quantitative/mixed methods research approach, curriculum writing for migrant education, and translanguaging pedagogy. I have been actively involved in teaching teachers how to teach foreign languages for the past 18 years – a journey that has enriched my understanding of the language learning/teaching process.

This website is a hommage to my journey so far. It is a way to catalogue my knowledge and experience; a way to digest key lessons that I have met in my lovelanguaging journey. The term ‘languaging‘ was chosen because it captures an emotion, a process, an evolution of something ongoing, ever-changing, progressing, and unfolding. The gerund lends itself nicely to continuous and continued action. At the end of it all, we are always languaging, whether in sleep or awake, verbally or mentally. At least that’s how I see it.

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À bientôt! ¡Hasta pronto! Phir milengay! Laters! 😁