Featured Interview With frank gerace
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born in Brooklyn but spent most of my life in South America where I married and had my kids. I currently teach English to adult immigrants in New York at a CUNY college. I also translate and edit Spanish and Italian documents.
I have served in Latin America in United Nations and host country Education and Communication Projects, and have taught in Bolivian and Peruvian Universities.
My first book, “Comunicación Horizontal: Cambio de Estructuras y Movilización Social” was a key part of the emerging approach to Communication Studies in Latin America.
I provide guidance on accent reduction and the proper North American English accent at http://www.GoodAccent.com. I also offer resources for Spanish Speaking learners of English at http://www.InglesParaLatinos.com, and with my book in Spanish, Escucha y Habla Inglés: Pronunciación y Gramática del Inglés para Hispanos.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I was always a reader, you know, the flashlight under the blankets after being sent to bed. I got a High School scholarship on the basis of my writing.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favorite genre is History and historical fiction. My first book was the result of my being inspired by my presence in revolutionary Latin America. After that my next books have been more didactic aimed at helping my students with their English. The first one was written in Spanish for those learning English. The next two are in English. One is aimed at getting the reader to start writing. The next is a l;ight hearted treatment of the use of rhetorical devices in our writing.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
“ESL and Other Adult Learners of English CAN WRITE RIGHT” is aimed at adult users of English, native born or new learners. With an extensive review of English grammar in clear text, tables, charts, exercises and answers. The Kindle includes recordings of English sounds, sample words and IPA symbols. The paperback has a free link to a website with the recordings. After the grammar review, spelling tips, usage hints, and irregular verbs, the book ends with a useful method to get started on a writing project. write.
My latest is Wake Up Your Writing. It is a sometimes humorous presentation almost fifty rhetorical devices with examples of their use by the ancients and modern writers such as JFK, MLK, Winston Churchill and others.