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  • starting year 3 (or 11?) by Joel Sep 5, 2017
    This September marks my tenth year as a university instructor (2 in China, 6 during my PhD, and 2 as a "real" faculty member). Here are ten things on my mind at the beginning of the eleventh.1. Starting the schoolyear with a concussion feels like ...
  • Tips on (or Genre Features of) Academic Blogging by Joel May 24, 2017
    I wrote this for a class I taught last year, but I thought it was useful enough to post here.Academic blog posts can be written in a freer and looser style than traditional academic writing. Feel free to write about academic subjects i...
  • On Shadow Academia by Joel Apr 20, 2017
    I've been kicking around this notion of "shadow academia" for a couple of years, inspired by the definition of Shadow Cabinet from the British parliament system:The Shadow Cabinet is a feature of the Westminster system of gover...
  • The next four years of conferences on my radar by Joel Mar 20, 2017
    This was a crazy conference year -- CCCC, AAAL, TESOL, CASDW/Congress -- too much. Not even done yet -- I'm just starting the season and I'm spending all my PD money. I need to pace myself a little, and I think I can.so, assuming 2017 is basically...
  • On doing writing but not composition by Joel Jan 4, 2017
    I wrote this on this bus this morning, inspired by Frederik DeBoer's piece " We Don't, In Fact, Know What Works in Composition." While a large portion of my teaching and research involves the teaching, learning, and practice of academic writi...
  • On the artificiality and the realness of academic writing by Joel Nov 19, 2016
    I've been trying to articulate for a long time the tension I feel between the relatively staid, formulaic way we tend to teach writing in the places I've taught it, and the inherent sense of possibility and promise I intuit about the act of writin...
  • "Everything adds to being in another world." by Joel Aug 30, 2016
    The ideal lecture theatre is vast, truly vast. It is a very sombre, very old amphitheatre, and very uncomfortable. The professor is lodged in his chair which is raised high enough to see him; there is no question that he might get down and pester ...
  • On the eve of a new academic year by Joel Aug 22, 2016
    1. In college an English professor once told us "papers are a chance to take care of little pieces of your soul." I sort of believed that then. I sort of believe it now. I hope I write now because I want to and because I care about what I write ab...
  • What drives changes in writing course curriculum? by Joel May 24, 2016
    I am doing the first phase of a project on the history of a first year writing course. It's mostly document analysis of the founding documents of the course (recommendations from a curriculum committee, a proposal for the course, and ten years of ...
  • "Students Suck and Are Horrible" - Professors by Joel Mar 8, 2016
    "Those of us who have been doomed to read manuscripts written in an examination room -- whether at a grammar school, a high school, or a college -- have found the work of even good scholars disfigured by bad spelling, confusing punctuation, ungram...

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  • 5 more reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally by chiasuanchong Nov 10, 2016
    The following post was first published on etprofessional.com in March 2016. Bob Dignen, the author of Communication for International Business: The secrets of excellent interpersonal skills, is known to have said that a common goal that ...
  • 5 reasons why native speakers need to learn to speak English internationally by chiasuanchong Oct 27, 2016
    The following post was first published on etprofessional.com in March 2016 and quickly became a topic of controversy even amongst native-speaking English teachers. This post went on to win the British Council Teaching English blog of the month awa...
  • IATEFL Manchester Pecha Kucha Photo Credits by chiasuanchong Apr 12, 2015
    Here are the credits and links to the photos I have used via Creative Commons for my Pecha Kucha presentation at IATEFL Manchester 2015.   Heart, love and gratitude – ELTpics, photo by Hana Ticha Students in class with teacher reading &...
  • The Misuse of Silence by chiasuanchong Oct 18, 2014
    First of all, I must apologise for the silence on this blogsite for the last year. Aside from starting a new family, I also have been blogging fortnightly for http://www.etprofessional.com and therefore have taken a break from this blogsite. Howev...
  • In-Company training versus In-School training by chiasuanchong Jul 4, 2013
    First of all, allow me to apologise for the long hiatus I have taken from this blogsite. I have been blogging regularly, but for the website ETprofessional.com and would now like to make up for my absence from my own website by re-blogging some of...
  • IATEFL Plenary – Susan Barduhn by chiasuanchong Apr 12, 2013
    Prof. Barduhn, who gave a talk about expatriate teachers, once said, ‘If English were a drug, expatriate teachers would be the dealers…’ In her talk entitled Language Dealing, she starts by looking into the definition of ‘...
  • IATEFL Part 6 – Shelly Terrell on BYOT by chiasuanchong Apr 10, 2013
    In a talk entitled ‘Transforming Trends – a journey into the work of BYOT’, Shelly starts talking about the importance of allowing teachers and students to bring in their own tools so as to overcome the economic obstacles that mi...
  • IATEFL Plenary – Deniz Kurtolu Eken by chiasuanchong Apr 10, 2013
    Greeted by PowerPoint slides featuring moving animation of dancing flowers and rainy islands, The audience were treated to other novelties like a strategically placed umbrella right next to the podium and a pair of pink-petal led shaped sunglasses...
  • IATEFL Part 5 – Willy Cardoso on a dynamic ELT Curriculum by chiasuanchong Apr 9, 2013
    An introduction to Willy and his blog was followed by Willy taking us through the two types of lessons he has come across – the book lesson and the conversation lesson. He questions the falseness of the accuracy-fluency dichotomy that has be...
  • IATEFL Part 4 – Luke Prodroumou on self-esteem by chiasuanchong Apr 9, 2013
    Luke Prodromou has Aretha Franklin’s Respect playing as the audience filters in. He then asks what each of letters mean. R for respect and rapport. E is for esteem and evaluate (positive evaluation). S is for self, special. P for principles ...

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  • Stubbornly Multilingual. by languagehat Yesterday
    Josephine Stefani, who identifies herself as “Stubbornly multilingual,” responds to the Quora question “What are some good novels that don’t have an English language version?” I love this sort of thing, and you’...
  • The Split. by languagehat Thursday
    Linguist Matthew Scarborough reports on a conference at the University of Copenhagen called The Split: Reconstructing Early Indo-European Language and Culture. He has a paragraph on most of the presentations, and they tempt me to wish I’d st...
  • Getting the Knife. by languagehat Wednesday
    Wyatt Mason’s NYRB review of a number of translations of Pierre Michon (an author with whom I was unfamiliar) is an interesting read (as is pretty much everything Mason writes); Michon doesn’t sound like my cup of tea, but I love the a...
  • Mashina. by languagehat Sep 19, 2017
    I’m reading Veltman’s Воспитанница Сара [The ward Sara], about which I will have much to say when I’ve read further, but I’ve h...
  • Talking Gibberish. by languagehat Sep 18, 2017
    Gaston Dorren asks a very good question in Aeon: Why is linguistics such a magnet for dilettantes and crackpots? He describes the various attempts to pin down mankind’s original language (“German was a popular candidate, but the 17th-c...
  • Khalatov’s Hat. by languagehat Sep 17, 2017
    Occasionally I feel guilty about neglecting what is, after all, part of this blog’s name, but now I have an occasion to remedy that failing. I’m reading Yuri Slezkine’s The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (a...
  • Terroir. by languagehat Sep 16, 2017
    The AHD defines terroir as “1. The aggregate characteristics of the environment in which a food or wine is produced, including regional and local climate, soil, and topography. 2. The flavor imparted to a food or wine by such characteristics...
  • Censored! by languagehat Sep 15, 2017
    My loving and tolerant wife abetted my addiction by taking me to Grey Matter/Troubadour Books (note that their Fall Sale will be Sept. 28-Oct. 1, and everything in the store will be 35% off — I encourage everyone in the area to take advantag...
  • Plugnutty. by languagehat Sep 14, 2017
    I don’t want to neglect to write about the recent death of John Ashbery (NY Times obit). I’ve posted his poems here a number of times (2009, 2005, 2004); here’s a recent (May 5, 2016) one from the LRB (which is temporarily making...
  • The Parlance of Pilots. by languagehat Sep 13, 2017
    Mark Vanhoenacker is a pilot with British Airways, and writes engagingly about the language of the air: The day I first flew in the cockpit of an airliner, I fell in love with the sights, of course, but also the sounds. […] I fell in love w...

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  • Dotard by Victor Mair Yesterday
    In recent weeks, President Trump has delivered a number of fiery speeches and incendiary tweets about what will happen to North Korea if Kim Jong-un launches nuclear missiles over Japan and toward Guam and the United States. Naturally, the feisty ...
  • The wonders of Google Translate by Victor Mair Yesterday
    I have sung the praises of Google Translate (GT) before (e.g., "Google Translate is even better now" [9/27/16]), but this morning something happened with GT that really tickled my fancy. One thing I use GT for is to compose texts in Chinese. ...
  • Big Grams Cauldron by Victor Mair Thursday
    One of the most famous Chinese bronze vessels of antiquity, preserved in the Shanghai Museum, is the Dà Kè dǐng 大克鼎 ("Larger Ke Cauldron"), dated to ca. 891-886 BC.  Discovered around 1890 AD, it is 75....
  • Utterly lost in translation by Geoffrey K. Pullum Thursday
    During a search for something else, I happened upon this page at the Bible Study Tools site. It provides a nice reminder (for the two or three people out there who might still need it) of the fact that it's dangerous to trust websites, in linguist...
  • Namibia, Nambia, whatever by Mark Liberman Thursday
    It's hard to keep all those African countries straight, as President Trump demonstrated in a speech to African leaders at the U.N.: Your browser does not support the audio element. Your browser does not support the audio element. Mr. Trump continu...
  • The category boundary paradox by Mark Liberman Wednesday
    Today's SMBC: The aftercomic:
  • Kazakhstan goes Latin by Victor Mair Wednesday
    Excerpts from "Kazakhstan: Latin Alphabet Is Not a New Phenomenon Among Turkic Nations", by Uli Schamiloglu (a professor in the Department of Kazakh Language and Turkic Studies at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan), EurasiaNet (9/15/17):...
  • C is for contrafibularity by Mark Liberman Wednesday
    Better late than never:
  • They call the wind 'Maria'? by Geoffrey K. Pullum Wednesday
    I hope you appreciate the wisdom of the new policy on naming hurricanes that was announced here on September 11. The latest brutal storm to devastate the islands of the eastern Caribbean would not have been named for the mother of Jesus; it would ...
  • Cultural invasion by Victor Mair Sep 19, 2017
    Article in South China Morning Post (9/19/17) by Jasmine Siu: "Activist fined HK$3,000 for binning Hong Kong public library books in ‘fight against cultural invasion’ from mainland China:  Alvin Cheng Kam-mun, 29, convicted of the...

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  • Coursera Monthly Subscriptions Channel Lynda and Pluralsight by Kirsten Winkler Dec 5, 2016
    Summary: Coursera’s introduction of a monthly subscription model for parts of its MOOC platform is not a Netflix like revolution of higher education but a mere adoption of the very successful revenue model used by e-learning platforms s...
  • EdTech Market Brief India Q3 2016 by Kirsten Winkler Nov 23, 2016
    In the third quarter interest in early stage edtech startups in India dropped slightly compared to Q1 and Q2. [purchase_link id="13005" text="Purchase" style="button" color="green"] Noteworthy was the first investment from the Chan Zuckerberg Ini...
  • Livecoding – EdTech Startup Profile by Kirsten Winkler Sep 28, 2016
    Name: Livecoding Website: www.livecoding.tv Headquarter: San Francisco, USA Vertical: Professional development, Lifelong learning Tech: Web App Introduce your startup and give a short description of what you are doing. Livecoding.tv is an educat...
  • Revision Assistant Review by Kirsten Winkler Sep 12, 2016
    Sponsored by Turnitin Summary: Revision Assistant is a writing curriculum supplement tool that assists learners in their writing process through feedback and actionable comments. All writing prompts are based on hundreds of expertly scored student...
  • Millionlights – EdTech Startup Profile by Kirsten Winkler Sep 2, 2016
    Name: Millionlights Website: www.millionlights.org Headquarters: Pune, India Vertical: Professional Development, Higher Education, Lifelong Learning Tech: Web App, Mobile App, TV Introduce your startup and give a short description of what you ar...
  • Custom Logo Cases – EdTech Startup Profile by Kirsten Winkler Aug 19, 2016
    Name: Custom Logo Cases Website: www.customlogocases.com Headquarters: Malvern, Australia Vertical: K-12, Higher Education Introduce your startup and give a short description of what you are doing. Custom Logo Cases provides custom cases and cov...
  • The Impact of the Internet of Things in Education by Kirsten Winkler Jul 24, 2016
    The Internet of Things, or smart technology, covers everyday physical objects that are able to connect to the Internet or other network structures in order to exchange data. According to Gartner over 6 billion connected “things” will b...
  • SkillSoniq – EdTech Startup Profile by Kirsten Winkler Jul 21, 2016
    Name: SkillSoniq Website: www.skillsoniq.com Headquarters: New York City, USA Vertical: Professional Development, Skills Assessment, Lifelong Learning Tech: Web App Introduce your startup and give a short description of what you are doing. Skill...
  • With Tinycards Duolingo takes a first step beyond Language Learning by Kirsten Winkler Jul 20, 2016
    Educational app maker Duolingo launched a stand-alone flashcard learning app this week making it the company’s first step to move beyond language learning. Is Tinycards going to be a success of similar size like Duolingo’s massively po...
  • EdTech Market Brief China Q2 2016 by Kirsten Winkler Jul 14, 2016
    In 2015 China lead the edtech headlines with huge funding announcements. After a healthy first quarter we saw things cooling down during the second quarter. Are these the first signs of a Chinese edtech bubble? [purchase_link id="12909" text="Purc...

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  • friday inventions by Harold Jarche Yesterday
    Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “There are two different types of people in the world: Those who want to know, and those who want to believe....
  • The Copenhagen Letter by Harold Jarche Wednesday
    I signed The Copenhagen Letter. Perhaps you should too, if you think that all people should control the technology that runs the world, not just the surveillance capitalists. Well, at least read it, please. To everyone who shapes technology today ...
  • our collective learnscape by Harold Jarche Sep 19, 2017
    In 2009 the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that journalism is no longer the sole domain of professionals [my highlights]. [96] A second preliminary question is what the new defence should be called.  In arguments before us, the defence was ref...
  • a convenience truth by Harold Jarche Sep 18, 2017
    Probably one the greatest barriers to positive change is convenience. For example, we know that automobiles contribute significantly to pollution, obesity, and greenhouse gases. However, most of us own at least one car and many of us own more than...
  • preparing for perpetual beta by Harold Jarche Sep 17, 2017
    The latest technology gadget or silicon valley ‘disruptive’ business model is merely incremental change. But I am convinced that we are living in the middle of an epochal change. I use David Ronfeldt’s TIMN model (2009)  to ...
  • top tools 2017 by Harold Jarche Sep 14, 2017
    Jane Hart compiles a list every year of the Top 100 Tools for learning. This is the 11th year! Voting closes on 22 September 2017. Here are my top tools this year, with the past five years shown below. It’s interesting to note that my prefer...
  • “people are for caring” by Harold Jarche Sep 13, 2017
    Christian Madsbjerg concludes in his book, Sensemaking: “What are people for? Algorithms can do many things, but they will never actually give a damn. People are for caring.” How can we understand the complexity of human networks, espe...
  • hunters in the jungle by Harold Jarche Sep 11, 2017
    The challenge for workers in what is becoming a freelance & gig economy is to survive in the global jungle. Work is moving toward temporary, negotiated hierarchies. The challenge for the modern organization is to have a flexible enough structu...
  • thinking critically by Harold Jarche Sep 8, 2017
    Every fortnight or so, I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Experience plus reflection is the learning that lasts.” —Charles Handy, via @olliegardene...
  • Sensemaking and the power of the humanities by Harold Jarche Sep 3, 2017
    What is Sensemaking? Christian Madsbjerg, in Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm, describes sensemaking as an interaction with fellow humans in the real world. “Sensemaking is practical wisdom grounded in the...

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