Ezra Vasquez

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

Tag: English for Academic Purposes

  • 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 […]

  • MEXTESOL 2019: Santiago de Querétaro, Estado de Querétaro, México

    MEXTESOL 2019: Santiago de Querétaro, Estado de Querétaro, México

    MEXTESOL marked my last conference of the 2019 calendar year. Somehow I pulled off three presentations of various mediums in the middle of the fall semester. I chose practical topics this time around–a demonstration on various styles of written corrective feedback, a poster session on computer assisted language teaching (CAPT) with MS Class Notebooks, and […]

  • The trouble with books …

    The trouble with books …

    The next time your students ask if they can rely on books for their research, you can tell them this: Book publishers don’t normally fact-check books. They’ll run sensitive material by lawyers, but otherwise it’s on authors to make sure their work is accurate. Generally, this works out fine. Sometimes, it does not. When books […]

  • 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 […]