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ADJ clauses, student sentences …and Trudeau

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 04:15:06 +0000

One grammar point that comes up again and again in academic writing class is the misuse and overuse of dependent clauses. My students commonly include sentence fragments, forget dependent words i.e. relative pronouns, or attempt overly complex sentences with clause upon clause upon clause. While at higher levels, they know grammatical principles on how [...]

Use of debates about LGBTQ+ in ELT materials

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 19:20:23 +0000

Earlier this month I gave a talk entitled The ongoing struggle for LGBTQ inclusivity in ELT at a local conference. I talked about the absence of LGBTQ community in ELT course materials, portrayal when included, reasons and attitudes that contribute to both, and examples of some widely-available resources. The goal was to raise awareness [...]

Cross-disciplinary collaboration, pt. 3

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 20:39:49 +0000

If you haven’t read Part 1 (setting up assignments together) or Part 2 (explicit connections between disciplines), please do so now.

In this last post of the series, I will discuss the results of this collaboration of assignments with our first-year History professor. In particular, I will [...]

Cross-disciplinary collaboration, pt. 2

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 19:06:32 +0000

If you haven’t yet read Part 1, please do so now.

In this post, I aim to examine how the History course professor, my colleague, and now very good friend, Dr. Alexandra Guerson, and I collaborated more specifically, with regard to how our assignments connect to each other, as well [...]

Cross-disciplinary collaboration, pt. 1

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:50:18 +0000

Part 1: Setting up assignments

On several occasions on this blog, I’ve been discussing the nature, execution, and impact of collaboration between people in the ELT environment. In the next three posts (Parts A, B, C), I’ll be focusing on the benefits and results of an ongoing collaboration of assignments between two courses [...]

Serial podcast for extensive reading

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:03:03 +0000

I’ve wanted to use Serial in class since I first listened to it. But first.

A little background first

Every year, one curriculum assignment is a quasi-extensive reading book club with students (I say ‘quasi’ because of a few items I’ll get to in a minute). For reading, students typically have [...]

Collaborative writing quandaries

Wed, 04 Oct 2017 15:27:24 +0000

As much as I love and value collaboration (it’s one of the 4Cs I picked out as major components to my profession after all), I have some challenge with getting students to value it quite as much. My colleague often tells me her stories of true collaborative writing when pairing up with her [...]

Students may find you!

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:51:08 +0000

It seems the target reader for ELT blogs like this one is on our minds lately (see Joanna Malefaki or Sandy Millin‘s posts). I have to admit that I’m a bit across the board on writing for a target reader depending on my topic at hand (ahh, the struggle with having your hand [...]

EAP warmer: learning about each other while previewing course content

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:19:33 +0000

In a new term with a new group of EAP students eager to get things going, I’ve always found it a little jarring to jump right into course content (my course is Critical Reading & Writing) even though time is of the essence. Also, I understand the value of community-building activities early on, so I [...]

Frosh me: a revisionist empathetic post

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:35:16 +0000

With a new academic year upon us and the campus buzzing with tons of first-year students (i.e. “frosh”), it’s making me think of my own induction into first year at university, way back in 1993: all the emotions involved with leaving home for the first time, the anticipation of new courses at a higher level [...]