Puppysteps to Dogme


Apr 11, 2014 @ 8:34pm
Puppysteps to Dogme

(Note: despite its usage in the title, I dislike the term Dogme because it is a homophone of ‘dogma’ and hence carries the same negative connotation. Furthermore, I don’t think I would enjoy the Dogme 95 film movement – I am a big fan of Marvel movies, which heavily use technology and effects – so, […]

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IPA (Phonetics) Resources


Mar 31, 2014 @ 8:49am
IPA (Phonetics) Resources

If I were a beer drinker, I would make some joke about the IPA. Unfortunately, I don’t drink beer and take myself too seriously to besmudge the fine acronym IPA, which stands for the International Phonetic Alphabet – a quite marvelous invention meant to represent the sounds of human speech. IPA is also a useful […]

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Why I’ve Been Coming to Class 5 Minutes Late


Mar 26, 2014 @ 9:31pm
Why I’ve Been Coming to Class 5 Minutes Late

For the past few weeks, I’ve been coming to class five minutes late. It’s not because I’m lazy. In fact, my tardiness is purely pedagogical. I have been teaching my students to start class without me. A few weeks ago, I read Kevin Stein’s blog post “Shaken not stirred: 8 ways to start your class […]

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The Ultimate Google Gradebook (with Individual Score Reports) – updated


Mar 26, 2014 @ 8:12pm
The Ultimate Google Gradebook (with Individual Score Reports) – updated

(Updated 3/26/2014) I have made an amazing little gradebook on Google Spreadsheets which allows students to view their individual grades in realtime. This means students click on my gradebook link and are taken directly to a page that shows only their grades. Any change I make in my gradebook will be reflected in their grade […]

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My Uphill Battle with the GRE


Mar 15, 2014 @ 11:12pm
My Uphill Battle with the GRE

I find myself doing math in class a lot for some reason, and when the students see I am visually struggling, I like to remind them that I teach English, not math. This, in retrospect, seems ridiculous. It’s as if language teaching is mutually exclusive to mathematics. Which it is not, especially when considering how […]

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What I Did on My First Day of School


Mar 11, 2014 @ 8:40pm
What I Did on My First Day of School

First, I’d like to thank Mike Griffin (@mikegriffin) for giving me this idea/allowing me to steal his idea. He wrote an interesting post about teaching first day of the new semester at his university. It detailed the things he did and the reasons behind them. I think this idea of sharing the first day of […]

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Strangers on a Train Speaking Activity


Mar 4, 2014 @ 10:32pm
Strangers on a Train Speaking Activity

Strangers on a Train – intermediate and above, high school and university This is an activity I do at the beginning of the semester, usually as an ice breaker or to practice small talk skills. The premise is simple: students must pretend they are strangers sitting in a train having some small talk for about […]

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Learn Words While Surfing with ProfessorWord


Mar 4, 2014 @ 8:51pm
Learn Words While Surfing with ProfessorWord

I was doing some web research on lexical journals and came across a Scoop.it page with tons of vocabulary resources. One of them was a link to ProfessorWord, which is a simple and smart tool that can be a tremendous help to English language learners. ProfessorWord is a bookmarklet which, when clicked while browsing a […]

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Goals for 2014


Feb 27, 2014 @ 11:37am
Goals for 2014

My new semester is just 5 days away. Usually, I feel more prepared for the start of the semester, but I’m not feeling it this time. It’s not that I am unprepared. I just don’t feel prepared enough. I’ve got all the little necessities done: syllabi – check; tentative schedules – check; course homepages – […]

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How to get the latest journal articles in one place with Yahoo! Pipes


Feb 27, 2014 @ 9:09am
How to get the latest journal articles in one place with Yahoo! Pipes

Note: This article assumes you have access to journal databases through a university library network. If you do not, the information about using Yahoo! Pipes may still be useful for combining RSS feeds of other sites. I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately, which could explain my lack of blogging and writing. I’ve been […]

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