This is a writing sample for students in the intensive-English program at UTSA. They were writing about how they acquired a skill and the steps that they took to learn it.
This post appeared on my earlier website, The Global Game: Soccer as a Second Language (2003-2010), on January 6, 2009, and helps explain how I made the transition, over ten years, from freelancer on world football to, today, an English as a Second Language specialist at the University of Texas at San Antonio.
My new location is on the Caribbean, one of Colombia’s oldest continuously settled colonial cities, founded in 1525 as a port for shipping out gold, silver and other precious metals and for bringing in enslaved people.
The author, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, stamps my book copy with a design prepared for such occasions, that of the flowers of the borrachero tree (see photo above) and a fragment from her novel: "We were rich in our stories."
A model for a corpus-analysis assignment, ENGL 203, "Rhetoric and Composition II," Northern Illinois University, spring 2019