What is the difference between the verbs "ser" and "estar," both meaning 'to be'?
Although both "ser" and "estar" mean "to be," one has to look at the context it is being used in to determine which to place in a sentence. The verb "ser" is used for something that is permanent or unchangeable. For example, "Soy alta" - I am tall. Estar is used when something can change such as feelings. For instance, "Estoy hombre"- I am hungry.
How is technology changing social interaction?
With the increase in technology use, generations are beginning to structure social norms in cyberspace. With that being said, less face-to-face communication is happening which leads to various developmental issues like the sense of true self or identity, everything becomes virtual lacking real human interaction.
What is your strategy when it comes to teaching ESL?
As mentioned before, I taught English as a second language to native Spanish speakers. One strategy that I found helpful was repetition. During each session, I would have a repeat of the last lesson and would use that to build upon the next. When learning a new language, it is important not only to listen carefully but to not shy away from speaking out and practicing consistently.