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  • 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...
  • Thought Questions: "Language support" vs "Writing support?" by Joel Mar 3, 2016
    “ESL” vs. “Writing” infrastructures (or ad hoc 'solutions') : Where does expertise and responsibility for working with L2 speakers/learners/writers lie in an institution?Let's say an institution has a writing centre and&nbs...

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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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languagehat.com
  • The Australian National Dictionary Online. by languagehat Yesterday
    The main page of The Australian National Dictionary says: In the tradition of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Australian National Dictionary Centre – a joint initiative of the Australian National University and Oxford University Press &nd...
  • Nahuatl in LA. by languagehat Saturday
    Peggy McInerny writes about a Nahuatl program for the Latin American Institute: The language of the Aztecs, Nahuatl [pronounced na’ wat], is alive and well today in Los Angeles. Beginning and intermediate classes in modern Nahuatl are offere...
  • EasyPronunciation.com. by languagehat Friday
    Timur Baytukalov has created what looks like a useful site for language learners, EasyPronunciation.com; he says: I created this website with phonetic transcription converters – https://easypronunciation.com/en/. They can convert text into I...
  • Purging Western Words from Turkish. by languagehat Jun 22, 2017
    Over at the Log, Victor Mair posted about the latest silly governmental attempt to control language, in this case Erdoğan’s campaign against foreign influences in Turkish; he quotes an article in The Economist: Mr Erdogan started by ord...
  • Dauvit Horsbroch on the Scots Leid. by languagehat Jun 21, 2017
    Dauvit Horsbroch, of the Scots Language Centre, has a video lecture (just under 20 minutes) on the Scots language (“leid” in Scots) that’s a fascinating experience for an English speaker; the more you listen the more you understa...
  • On Interviewing Translators. by languagehat Jun 20, 2017
    Well, it’s not really about interviewing translators, it’s about interviewing coders, using translators as a stand-in: What if companies interviewed translators the way they interview coders? by Jose Aguinaga. But how can I resist some...
  • The Bloggers Karamazov. by languagehat Jun 19, 2017
    I recently discovered the existence of what looks like a very interesting Russian-lit blog, The Bloggers Karamazov (“The Official Blog of The North American Dostoevsky Society”); I discovered it in the most flattering possible way, by ...
  • Language Is Like Flowing Water. by languagehat Jun 18, 2017
    R. Devraj of the excellent blog Dick & Garlick has posted about an interesting bit of poetry: भाखा बहता नीर: language is like flowing water I’m not too sure where I came f...
  • The Wor(l)d of Ulysses. by languagehat Jun 17, 2017
    Stan Carey at Sentence first has a great post about the mess that is the text of Joyce’s Ulysses: The length and complexity of Ulysses, and the difficulties of its publication, mean that many subtly different versions of the text exist. The ...
  • Edge of the Knife. by languagehat Jun 16, 2017
    Catherine Porter reports for the NY Times on what sounds like a very worthy promising project, Canada’s first Haida-language feature film, Edge of the Knife: With an entirely Haida cast, and a script written in a largely forgotten language, ...

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Language Log
  • "The Real Threat of AI" by Mark Liberman Today 5:39 am
    Kai-Fu Lee has an interesting opinion piece in yesterday's NYT: –"The Real Threat of Artificial Intelligence": What worries you about the coming world of artificial intelligence? Too often the answer to this question resembles the plot of a ...
  • "One big Donald Trump AIDS" by Mark Liberman Yesterday
    As I've observed several times over the years, automatic speech recognition is getting better and better, to the point where some experts can plausibly advance claims of "achieving human parity". It's not hard to create material where humans still...
  • Renewal of the race / nation by Victor Mair Saturday
    Jamil Anderlini in the Financial Times (6/21/17), "The dark side of China’s national renewal", writes: To an English-speaking ear, rejuvenation has positive connotations and all nations have the right to rejuvenate themselves through peacefu...
  • Bruria Kaufman by Mark Liberman Saturday
    The Annual Reviews have a tradition of featuring retrospective articles by or about senior figures, and the Annual Review of Linguistics has followed this pattern with pieces featuring Morris Halle in the 2016 volume and Bill Labov in 20...
  • Chinglish with tones by Victor Mair Friday
    4th tone – 3rd tone, it would appear: Well, maybe not; the diacritics are probably meant to indicate vowel quality, but I don't know what system (if any) they are using. Ben Zimmer writes: The diacritics may be intended to evoke pinyin tone ...
  • Another use for final rises by Mark Liberman Friday
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  • Ask Language Log: "assuage" by Mark Liberman Friday
    Query from a reader: Is it correct to use the word assuage to indicate a lessening of something? That is, it is often used in the realm of feelings, i.e. assuage hunger, assuage grief, etc. But would it be acceptable to use to indicate the lesseni...
  • Genetic evidence for the spread of Indo-Aryan languages by Victor Mair Jun 22, 2017
    My own investigations on the Bronze Age and Early Iron Age peoples of Eastern Central Asia (ECA) began essentially as a genetics cum linguistics project back in the early 90s.  That was not long after the extraction of mtDNA (mitochondrial DN...
  • My summer by Mark Liberman Jun 22, 2017
    .. or at least six weeks of it, will be spent at the 2017 Jelinek Summer Workshop on Speech and Language Technology (JSALT) at CMU in Pittsburgh. As the link explains, this … is a continuation of the Johns Hopkins University CLSP summe...
  • Paul Zukofsky by Mark Liberman Jun 21, 2017
    This strikes me as an unusual obituary: Margalit Fox, "Paul Zukofsky, Prodigy Who Became, Uneasily, a Virtuoso Violinist, Dies at 73", NYT 6/20/2017. It massively violates the precept de mortuis nil nisi bonum, describing its subject at great leng...

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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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Harold Jarche
  • the discerning mind by Harold Jarche Today 4:30 am
    “I find that discussing an idea out loud is often the way to kill it stone dead.” —J.K. Rowling (attrib.) In the PKM framework of Seek > Sense > Share, the latter may seem easy but it does not always equate to helping other...
  • look for disconfirming data by Harold Jarche Saturday
    Adam Kahane hosted a webcast this week to discuss his new book, Collaborating with the Enemy. I thought his first book, Solving Tough Problems, was an excellent read so I attended. What follows are from my notes. The quotes are as I wrote them dow...
  • learning cities by Harold Jarche Jun 19, 2017
    Is tribalism a reaction to our concerns about the emerging network era, which is putting into question our existing institutions and markets developed in previous eras?  Jalaja Bonheim wrote about this phenomenon in Why We Love Trump and desc...
  • network learning cities by Harold Jarche Jun 17, 2017
    TIMN “According to my review of history and theory, four forms of organization — and evidently only four — lie behind the governance and evolution of all societies across the ages: The tribal form was the first to emerge and matu...
  • cities as learning platforms by Harold Jarche Jun 12, 2017
    In 2008, CEO’s for Cities recommended a more inclusive way of supporting learning in the community. Basically, the city becomes the learning platform, not just for schooling but for other community support activities, such as policing and he...
  • friday’s finds #300 by Harold Jarche Jun 9, 2017
    Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. My initial post in this series was made in May 2009. The first three years of these posts were weekly. This is the 300th post of my Friday’s Fin...
  • beta conversation 2017-06-15 by Harold Jarche Jun 8, 2017
    I will be hosting the next Beta Conversation on Thursday, June 15th at 14:00 UTC [07:00 Pacific, 10:00 Eastern, 15:00 BST, 16:00 CET]. The subject will be Personal Knowledge Mastery (PKM) and leadership. The Harvard Business Review article, The Be...
  • organizing for the network era by Harold Jarche Jun 5, 2017
    In my last post I noted that many organizations today are nothing more than attractive prisons. The current organizational tyranny was a response to a linear, print-based world. These organizations are artifacts of a time when information was scar...
  • attractive prisons by Harold Jarche May 30, 2017
    Today we hear a lot about models like holacracy and teal organizations that are focused on changing how we work together in organizations. Teal organization: A new kind of organization designed to enable “whole” individuals (not narrow...
  • the world needs knowledge catalysts by Harold Jarche May 28, 2017
    “We live in a society absolutely dependent on science and technology and yet have cleverly arranged things so that almost no one understands science and technology. That’s a clear prescription for disaster.” —Carl Sagan Whe...

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