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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 […]

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Education Self-Improvement

Three Tips to Become a Better Communicator

Developing substantive content in EAP communication classes presents unique challenges. Elementary English classes can fall back on rudimentary features of language, but advanced English-language students and native English speakers need something several orders of magnitude higher if they want to grow and improve as communicators. So, I stay vigilant for new approaches that can work […]

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Education

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 […]

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Education

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 […]

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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 […]

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College admissions should replace service with hospitality

Today in writing class, my students conducted a seminar on the article “Serving in Florida,” by Barbara Ehrenreich, in which the author relates the trials and tribulations of waiting tables in an American restaurant. Since the subject content this semester has dealt with the shortcomings of higher education, the article reminded me of the expectation […]

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Education

If you work in higher education, there’s a new book to tell you what you already know

The book titled Cracks in the Ivory Tower, written by a professor at Georgetown and a researcher from The American Institute for Economic Research, excoriates the moral and ethical shortcomings of higher education, and according to Scott Jaschik, writing for Inside Higher Ed, the authors find fault with everyone. Universities are perplexing places. They are […]

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Discussion Boards in the Higher-Ed TESOL Classroom

… for the English-focused higher education classroom, discussion boards present a number of language-focused possibilities.

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Examination of Aptitude & Vocabulary on L2 Writing in Chinese College Students Highlights the Importance of Receptive Vocabulary

The article “Exploring the Relationship between Language Aptitude, Vocabulary Size, and EFL Graduate Students’ L2 Writing Performance” in TESOL Quarterly by Yingli Yang, Ya Sun et al. of the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing, China examines the relationship between language aptitude and L2 writing performance. The study tested sixty-seven Chinese grad students […]

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Email Etiquette

Observing appropriate email etiquette is a perennial problem at the International Academy. Teach students to write effective emails with Grammarly’s post on best practices for writing effective emails: Every email has the same basic structure: Subject line, greeting, email body, and closing. But as with every written form of professional communication, there’s a right way […]