IATEFL thoughts…

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I’m at Glasgow Airport, waiting for my flight to Heathrow and thinking about the IATEFL meeting where I was fortunate to talk about Ourboox in the context of teaching English as a second language. What better way to teach English than to encourage students to become English authors, create books of their own on practically any subject? I was also able to share a sneak preview to our next free feature, “ItsybooxTM”, which will enable kids (and the rest of us) to print out short boox on A4 paper and fold them into minibooks which they can share anytime. The response was very enthusiastic and I’m excited. 
One of the speakers, Steve Brown, talked about publishing books dealing with “parsnips” – uncomfortable subjects which are not covered in commercial English language books. I told the crowd that as a “Backwards Publisher” whose short term goal is to “lose money happily” that Ourboox will be delighted to publish unconventional English-teaching books as long as they do not shame or hurt others. 
I’m travelling buoyed by the positive feedbacks and my own personal feeling that Ourboox is doing something good for the world. 
Oh, and during the meeting a Palesinian book on teaching English was published! I proudly featured it on the Ourboox homepage, together with books from Israel and the rest of the world. I’m determined that (at least) on the internet, co-existence rules!! Check it out!! Wouldn’t it be special if the Palestinian authority makes all its school texts available on our website? They would be way ahead of the Israeli Education ministry (and that of many other ‘advanced’ countries as well). 
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Mel Rosenberg

About Mel Rosenberg

Mel Rosenberg couldn't make a living writing and giving away children’s books so to make ends meet he took on odd jobs as a professor of microbiology, inventor, jazz musician, singer and French toast cook. More recently he has teamed with Ran Shternin (and a whole bunch of wonderful volunteers) to create ourboox.com, an international community of writers and illustrators who make amazing books together using a unique platform.