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.
Interesting post by @muranava on collocation teaching. Collocations need not be arbitrary | EFL Notes
And the blog post for Nature Human Behaviour:
I am starting a journal, Applying Linguistics (http://applyinglinguistics.org) about actually applying linguistics. The interface is not pretty at the moment but the aim:
Easy to read and understand research
Peer review by practitioners (basically teachers or others where appropriate) as well as academics
What works as well as what doesn't
Trying to bring the change. It's a bit of an experiment.
Well-meaning but naive people: If we allow scientists to simply withdraw their findings in cases of honest error, we will have better science!
Unscrupulous scientists who literally commit brazen academic fraud: So all I gotta do is make a believable case that the error was "honest" and I can make up whatever bullshit I want?
Well-meaning but naive people: Yes, this will make science better somehow!!
I heard about Riipen yesterday - it looks like Upwork, but for businesses to partner with students on projects. I'm trying to decide if I'm just overly suspicious of all ed tech in general or is this one sounds extra sketchy. At least they don't charge students directly (they charge schools and businesses.)
I may have to dig around.
At the conference I went to last weekend, Pavel Trofimovich called for more language acquisition stuff to be replicated with similar samples, different populations, different languages, transparent, using #OpenScience and actually communicating with stakeholders and practitioners. Zero pushback, but I am guessing that the earliest career people there will be the ones getting actions done, whereas people in positions to gain feasible funding continue to wring their hands.
I wrote something about the help I have given myself during the first year of my part-time MRes course. http://www.marcjones.tokyo/2019/08/28/little-assistances/
Scaring off people we don't want here
There's a bunch of new people here recently, so I think I'll say a few things that will scare off many of the sorts of people that we don't want here
It is the official policy of scholar.social that:
🍍 Nazis should have their speech curtailed at every opportunity
🍍 Supporters of Jordan Peterson or Milo Yiannopoulos—leave now
🍍 There is no such thing as "reverse racism"
🍍 Vaccines don't cause autism, and for that matter, autistic people are equally valuable!
Hello all. I am a student who belong some Japanese small college. I'm majoring English. I love reading most, Japanese and English ones both. These days I started Mastodon then I joined this instance. I would like to know how English speaking people thinking esp. formal communities. What's more I'm always struggling several English & IT certification exams, for my future jobs. Then, I'm trying to be much nicer man. Thanks.
Postdocs and the academic job market (-)
I really wish that my career didn't wholly depend on taking a string of very short-term, low-pay jobs in probably different countries with no guarantee that anything will ever get better or that it won't just all be a waste of time with no job-stability payoff at the end
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