Ezra Vasquez

The personal blog of an applied linguist, writer, & educator

Month: June 2019

  • Duolingo Announces its French Podcast

    I love the Spanish language podcast, so this should be a welcome addition for French students.

  • Week 8 – Summer 2019

    Looks like I’ll be adding some additions to my Mexican handicraft collection after all this year.

  • Shift the onus to them

    Shift the onus to them

    This is a great article on classroom management: Why shouldn’t students feel entitled? You’ve relieved them of responsibility. Think about it. You assess by legislative fiat, document attendance, lord over technology, interact with students 24-7 via email or text, keep students on track via Blackboard or Canvas, treat students as customers, are blamed for grade […]

  • Summer 2019 – Week 7

    Summer 2019 – Week 7

    Some people have bad hair days; I have bad technology days. This morning, the OneNote app on my phone stopped syncing with my work account (most likely due to the hyper-vigilant Internet security protocols at my workplace–a problem our IT department perennialy insists on deflecting to faculty). Otherwise, I’m still recuperating from TESOL proposals, which […]

  • An informal introduction to American allophonic variation

    An informal introduction to American allophonic variation

    This makes for a narrative introduction to the North American pronunciation of the intervocalic /ɾ/. she also touches on the difference between the Spanish and English varieties. As I began hearing Beto’s name said by a variety of acquaintances and the national media, I noticed that often the pronunciation sounded just slightly off. Read more: […]

  • There’s a reason the English call it a “full stop”

    There’s a reason the English call it a “full stop”

    I made this observation at a writing-group session a couple of years ago, so I was happy to find my linguistic intuition supported with research. I used to have friends I texted several times a day, and I noticed that subtle changes such as this communicate even more with someone you text on a daily […]

  • An evening stroll on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

    An evening stroll on Thursday, June 6th, 2019

    Is anything more glorious than blossoming Jacaranda and roses bathed in the warm hues of magic hour?

  • A remedy for annotating academic literature in Microsoft’s OneNote

    A remedy for annotating academic literature in Microsoft’s OneNote

    OneNote offers an ideal way to consume academic literature with its draw-on-screen feature. Nonetheless, people sometimes eschew the product due to problems that arise as a result of the way OneNote embeds PDFs into its pages, as images, rather than document pages. Problems occur when a touchscreen user inadvertently moves the page image. If annotations […]