Saturday, December 20, 2008

Be Our Guest (Blogger)!

Changes are afoot at the Grammar Guy blog. Much to our dismay, our beloved Grammar Guy, Richard Firsten, is retiring from the blogosphere at the end of 2008. We hope he will continue to post an entry from time to time as the muse speaks to him, but he will no longer be writing regular weekly blog pieces.

So . . . we’ve been brainstorming -- dare I say agonizing? -- about what to do with the Grammar Guy blog. When in doubt, it’s always good to revisit the website’s mission statement:

Our Mission and Vision:

This website’s mission is to support teachers who incorporate a grammar component in their ESL/EFL teaching.

Our vision is a global community of ESL/EFL teachers who share resources, learn from one another, and support one another in their work.

With that guidance in mind, we asked ourselves: How can we best use the blog to support our mission and vision for

The answer was obvious. Instead of replacing Richard (who is irreplaceable!), we need to turn the microphone and the spotlight over to teachers. We need to know what's on your mind. We need to hear from many voices with diverse perspectives. We need to let teachers create the conversation.

So we’re turning the blog over to you. If you’d like to be a guest blogger on, let’s talk. E-mail me at for details.

Richard leaves some big shoes to fill. The depth and breadth of his knowledge of grammar and English Language Teaching is stunning. He’s also a talented writer. That’s a formidable skill set. No one makes grammar more fun and accessible.

We wanted fun, friendly, substantive content for teachers who incorporate grammar in their teaching. Richard delivered all that and more with the irrepressible Firsten flair. Thank you, Richard, for helping us get off to a great start.

Best wishes to all for a peaceful and prosperous new year.

Sue Van Etten

Website Manager

Azar Associates


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