Learner Autonomy in the FL classroom

The latest issue of Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching (Volume 5, Issue 2, 2011) is a special issue, edited by Turid Trebbi, which brings together papers from the 10th Nordic Conference on Language Learner Autonomy in the Foreign Language Classroom (2009, Bergen, Norway). The Table of Contents is accessible here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rill20/5/2 The papers included are as follows: Reinforcing the […]

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New webpage, comments welcome

After lots and lots of procrastination, I finally have a workable version of my webpage online: https://sites.google.com/site/achkostoulas/. I expect that I will eventually populate it with abstracts, papers and presentations that are already scattered across the web, and I may be creating versions in other languages as well. But I am reasonably happy with it for the time being. For the […]

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PGR Blog

…. at the risk of us becoming overblogged / blogged out, I am copying here Eljee’s recent message to all PGR students about the PGR blog which has similar but also different functions from this our LTE Doctoral Community Blog. (RF) I’d like to invite you to take a look at the new PGR Blog! http://pgrschoolofeducation.wordpress.com/ This is an online […]

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Sociopedia

sociopedia.isa ‘Living Social Science’ – a new concept — An online database for “state-of-the-art” entries in Sociology sociopedia.isa is a new concept in the production and dissemination of knowledge. It combines the best of two worlds: the opportunities the internet offers for rapid publication and the scientific quality guaranteed by thorough and imaginative editing and peer review. While experienced editors […]

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New books – Internationalization in HE

International Studies in Higher Education   The Future University – Coming soon! Ideas and Possibilities Edited by Ronald Barnett The Future University explores new avenues opening up to universities and tackles fundamental issues facing their development. Contributors with interdisciplinary and international perspectives imagine ways to frame the university’s future. They consider the history of the university, its current status as […]

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Reflexivity in HE / ethnography- book reviews

Some time back, Paul Smith forwarded these reviews/alerts to me from a colleague in one of the online groups he belongs to (Academic Litercy/ies?): Turner, Joan (2011) Language in the Academy: Cultural Reflexivity and Intercultural Dynamics. Bristol , Buffalo, Toronto: Multilinguial Matters Available in paperback and hardback [The book is part of the Languages for Intercultural Communication and Education series]. […]

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The Doctoral Experience

The Doctorate: international stories of the UK experience Author/Producer  Sheila Trahar/ESCalate Contributors Sham Juhari (University of Birmingham) Kam Ping Leung Kathy (City University of Hong Kong) Tzu-Bin Lin (National Institute of Education Nanyang Technological University, Singapore) Georgina Yaa Oduro (University of Cape Coast, Ghana) Kai Ren (University of Bristol) Cheryl Rounsaville (University of Nottingham) Narina A. Samah (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) […]

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Doing being reprehensive: Some interactional features of English as a lingua franca

Bloomsbury Applied Linguistics Seminar, 12:00 noon Wednesday, 26 January 2011 Room G16, Main Building, Birkbeck College, London, Torrington Square FREE, ALL WELCOME Dr Chris Jenks City University of Hong Kong Doing being reprehensive: Some interactional features of English as a lingua franca Abstract Great diversity exists in the way English is being used in the world today. It is now […]

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The disposable academic: Why doing a PhD is often a waste of time

http://www.economist.com/node/17723223 ON THE evening before All Saints’ Day in 1517, Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of a church in Wittenberg. In those days a thesis was simply a position one wanted to argue. Luther, an Augustinian friar, asserted that Christians could not buy their way to heaven. Today a doctoral thesis is both an idea and an […]

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Online database unlocks secrets of English language

Check out: http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/dec/16/google-tool-english-cultural-trends?INTCMP=SRCH Google creates a tool to probe ‘genome’ of English words for cultural trendsHarvard and Google say they have developed a way to identify cultural trends over the past 200 years using a database of 5m digitised books … How many words in the English language never make it into dictionaries? How has the nature of fame changed […]

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Routledge Modern Language Association Article Collection

Routledge are offering free access to a selection of journal articles, which include some linguistic papers which may be of interest …  Routledge Modern Language Association Article Collection To coincide with the annual MLA convention due to take place next month in Los Angeles, we’ve put together a selection of journal articles and key books which tie in with the […]

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New IC Books ….

…  you might be interested in these two recent (one just published, one publishing this month) intercultural communication titles. Both are available on inspection to lecturers … Thanks for your time. I hope they’re of interest! Introducing Intercultural Communication: Global Cultures and Contexts Zala Volcic, Shuang Liu & Cindy Gallois Textbooks on intercultural communication are rarely written with an intercultural readership […]

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Bilingual bloggery

Francois Grosjean’s new blog on bilingualism Francois Grosjean, the author of Life with Two Languages, Studying Bilinguals, and Bilingual: Life and Reality, has started a new blog, “Life as a bilngual”, on the Psychology Today site. He has already uploaded the following posts: – Myths about bilingualism – Who is bilingual? – Bilingualism’s best kept secret: How extensive it is […]

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