Ezra Vasquez

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

Author: Ezra Vasquez

  • 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 […]

  • Edge Effect — Conversation Analysis and Art Criticism

    Edge Effect — Conversation Analysis and Art Criticism

    I returned today from my first post-pandemic visit to the Getty Center in Los Angeles. I enjoy visiting museums, but I always wish the visits were more productive. This post represents the fruits of that impulse. My trade is applied linguistics, so I considered what insights can be gleaned from the world of art by […]

  • The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    The Pragmatics of Greeting Cards

    I’m writing this around the holidays, so I wanted to examine a mainstay of the holiday season from a linguistic perspective. The greeting card occupies a peculiar niche in the social fabric of modern society. Why do we buy cards with sentiments written by strangers to no one in particular in order to express personal […]

  • As Good a Description of Twitter as You Will Find

    As Good a Description of Twitter as You Will Find

    I’ve long said [Twitter] started out as a water-cooler, then it became a stage where we were all performing, and then one day it was a fight club. And you had to fight. What To Do About Twitter? – Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds

  • Barbara Ehrenreich – A Rare Good-Faith Intellectual – Dies

    Barbara Ehrenreich, the author, activist and self-described “myth buster” who in such notable works as “Nickel and Dimed” and “Bait and Switch” challenged conventional thinking about class, religion and the very idea of an American dream, has died at age 81. Barbara Ehrenreich, Activist and ‘Myth Busting’ Writer of ‘Nickel and Dimed,’ Dies – NBC […]

  • Heinlein on Education

    Heinlein on Education

    “One can lead a child to knowledge but one cannot make him think.” Heinlein, Robert A.. Starship Troopers (p. 27). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.