Nerding out on a syllabus design unit for #TBLT and my (virtual) job at Cooperativa Serveis Linguistics de Barcelona. Rereading Long & Crookes (1991),
adding stuff, adding tangents, thinking about how the field has and hasn't moved on in 27 years.
Data for my #MRes pilot study is disgusting. :/
• I don’t see any point in peer-reviewing or gatekept journals for most areas, humanities especially. Online videos, q&a sites, uploaded PDFs have much wider reach and I don’t want my papers to be ‘prestigious’ and read by a total 5 people incl. reviwers.
• I think the gossipy, office-politics socialisation work that’s pushed into scholars, & the administrative busywork, makes for basically the worst possible environment for reading, writing, thinking, defeating the whole purpose.
mental health-pseudoscience nexus
With no peer reviewed study, a British marriage counsellor pathologised the relationships between neurodivergent (mainly autistic people) and neurotypicals, demonising the former. This is then spouted by: a psych PhD on a popular English-language 'psychology' website, a psych practitioner at Showa University Hospital, then parroted in a popular Japanese health magazine.
I am so cross!
Does anyone have experience producing slides for a course that are genuinely accessible?
I'd like to use PDF slides to show text, equations, images, tables, and plots in support of a mostly traditional lecture. I'd also like to make those slides available to the students as a study aid (I am not following any particular textbook). I would like this material to be as accessible as possible to Blind and Visually Impaired students. Anyone have any advice or experience?
some thoughts about "OK Boomer" from a GenX perspective
honestly, given the reactions that the phrase "OK, Boomer" have been getting in the media, you'd think packs of teens have been systematically targeting elderly people for brutal street muggings or something. but, no... it's just a phrase, and a mild one at that. why is it so upsetting?
because it's not rebellious or confrontational, which are things older people are used to getting from younger people. it's straight-up *dismissive*. and it's not something we, GenX, the first-generation children of the Boomers, ever had the chance to express.
our rebellion was taken away, repackaged, and sold back to us when we were too young to know what it was for or why it could be powerful. we grew up feeling helpless and hopeless, trapped in a world where we had nothing meaningful to say and nothing useful to do because Doom was Nigh--the ozone layer, nuclear war, the Y2K bug, politicians that hated us sending us off to wars for blatant lies. Boomers got to have their Swinging 60s--we grew up under the specter of AIDS. we were isolated from each other, so we never realized that we weren't alone. and when we were finally able to get our own voice out into the popular culture, we spoke obliquely of isolation, depression, inward-turned knives.
@glitternoodle Wow, is that a secretary bird in your avatar? I love secretary birds!
New blog post about speech learning. This is a journey into sound, #2. http://getgreatenglish.com/ftsd/2019/10/27/this-is-a-journey-into-sound-part-2/
Re- #introduction, since my first one was over a year and two careers ago. I'm an instructional technology consultant at a Big 10 school. I started 2 weeks ago & I love it so far- it's a tech team full of humanities people.
My MS is in library science, MEd in curriculum & instruction, BA is English and Journalism. I've worked in public and academic libraries lately and spent 12 years teaching high school English and journalism. Married to a sociologist and have a 9 year old and a 13 year old.
So, the #AppliedLinguistics journal I am setting up finally has a submissions guide up. https://applyinglinguistics.org/submissions-wanted
If you are an applied linguist or adjacent practitioner (e.g. language teacher, administrator, materials producer, etc.) consider submitting.
Some day I hope to find a community of #K12 teachers on here.
I got close with scholar.social, but they're geared for higher ed.
Aargh, #introduction. Why is the first spelling suggestion wrong looking right? ::BlobCatGoogly:
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