Ezra Vasquez

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

Month: January 2023

  • Learner Self-Evaluated Videoing (LSEV)

    Learner Self-Evaluated Videoing (LSEV)

    Recently, video has played a larger role in my communication classes as a result of an increase in focus on students’ interactive competence. In part, this stems from educational technology such as Flip, which has made it easier to incorporate short, focused video feedback in a communication class. Therefore, I was delighted when Kim Alejandro […]

  • Top of Week 3, 2023

    Top of Week 3, 2023

    Small changes Create Workflow Hiccups This was week 3 of the year but the first week of class. The holiday break was not especially long, but I sure was rusty. My mental state drifted far from its workflow state in those few weeks. On the first day, I couldn’t even find the PowerPoint I had […]

  • Bottom of Week 1 – 2023

    Bottom of Week 1 – 2023

    The first week of 2023 has already passed, and the spring semester looms on the Monday horizon. I’m spending the weekend populating calendars and uploading syllabi. Conferences, curricula improvement, and major moves will make this a hectic semester. In the midst of it, I’ve resolved to blog more. This year I will incorporate more pragmatics […]

  • Georg Simmel on Adjacency Pairs

    Georg Simmel on Adjacency Pairs

    “Greeting somebody in the street proves no esteem whatever, but failure to do so conclusively proves the opposite.” — Georg Simmel 1858-1918: A Collection of Essays, with Translations and a Bibliography, ed. K.H. Wolff. Columbus: Ohio State University Press.

  • Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    Memes, Shibboleths, and Sociolects

    NPR published an article on the 2023 “banished words” according to Lake Superior State University faculty on January 1st, 2023: In their annual “Banished Words” list, the faculty of Lake Superior State University also suggest removing from your vocabulary overused phrases like “does that make sense?” and “it is what it is.” (Image credit: Christopher […]