Being an ESL Teacher and Don Cornelious
He was a pioneer who wished to get the African American music into American mainstream society. Using $400 of his own money to begin the show, he did just that. And for 30 years Don Cornelious, ‘Soul Train’ host and creator brought music to our homes and premiered artists like David Bowie, Elton John, The Jackson Five and many more. Today at the age of 75, he was found dead at his home of a self-inflicted gun shot according to LA times.
What does he have to do with being an ESL teacher?
It’s because Don Cornelious embodied the characteristics that make a fine ESL Teacher. What are they?
He was not scared to start something new. In a time of hate and instability for blacks in America, he looked to brighten the mood through his love for music.
Music is an essential part of any ESL classroom.
He reached out not just to the black community but to everyone. He featured stars such as David Bowie and Elton John on his show.
Reach out to every student, not just the good ones.
Fun & Exciting
The dancers lined up and showed their best dance moves. It was exciting to watch and join in the fun if you wanted.
Make your lessons fun and exciting and the students will love you as many loved him.
When many stood against his idea he did not stop. He tried new things and ideas. He dared to stand against negativity and a later, his show was a hit.
Dare to be different and be like no other teacher before you.
Informative & Given
He brought ‘love, peace and soul’ to our hearts. Not only that, he made many artists famous and even kick-started their careers.
Give your students the best of yourself, ask for nothing back.
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Don Cornelious regardless of what his life became after brought us music and kick-started the careers of countless artists. He showed us what it means to be innovative and given. I believe that is what being an ESL teacher means. And on this black history month, I like to say rest in peace Don. And like you always said may ‘love, peace and soul’ be with your family in this trying times.