For The Love Of Language Resident blogger: Marisa Gomez

Follow Marisa weekly as she shares research, insight, and strategies for educators working with Second Language Learners.

  • Soldier, Soldier, Shoulder

    Soldier, Soldier, Shoulder

    Did you ever play that game where someone told you to say “soldier” ten times fast, then asked you what the top part of the arm—where it joins the body—was called? Supposedly, you’ll stumble, and instead of saying “shoulder,” you’ll repeat “soldier,” because you’ve got that word on the brain. It turns out, bilinguals may […]

  • What’s wrong with this sentence? “Me divertiste.”

    What’s wrong with this sentence? “Me divertiste.”

    “¿Te divertiste durante el recreo hoy?” [Did you have fun during recess today?] …I asked my native English, dual-immersion student. You could see the wheels turning in his head, and he replied, unsure, “Sí, me… divertiste…” [Yes, I… you had fun…]. Sensing that he would be open to feedback, I modeled the verb form he […]

  • Jikn.


    If you were five years old and learning how to read, and you saw a picture like this one, what letters would you put together to caption it appropriately? In the case of my kindergarten student, j-i-k-n are the letters he chose. It looked like gibberish until I said it out loud, at which point […]

  • Meet Marisa: TEM’s resident blogger

    Meet Marisa: TEM’s resident blogger

    Hello! I am very excited to be joining the TEM team in the official capacity of blog writer. I’ve been working with TEM since 2012, when Maya, a colleague from graduate school, approached me about contributing to TEM’s first set of lessons on basic English. (Try them out! Really! They take the stress out of planning lessons for […]

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Marisa became interested in language education after ten years of gesture and pantomime with her Italian-speaking, live-in grandparents. She has an MA in Applied Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She currently works for the Center for Applied Linguistics as a writer-researcher for the ACCESS for ELLs assessment administered by the WIDA consortium. Her classroom experience spans Montessori kindergarten, dual immersion (Spanish) kindergarten, K-6 pull-out ESL, adult ESL and EFL, and elementary EFL in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia. Marisa and her husband use both Spanish and English with their two young sons, with some Italian and Georgian thrown in for good measure.