In 1872 two men began work on a lexicon of words of Asian origin used by the British in India – it records a huge debt English owes to the subcontinent.
See on www.bbc.co.uk
Work and employment is one topic of discussion. But one way to present the topic in a CALL environment would be to have students use this handy post I discovered on the BBC news site comparing work hours. One idea here would be to have students enter the number of days they work if they have a job, or if they don’t work they could enter the data of someone they know (parent, friend, etc.) or maybe their “ideal” work hours. Then they could talk about their work situation, make comparisons with other countries and/or other students situations. You can also access the related article about Who gets the most time off? for more discussion material.
I recommend giving this a try yourself!
But would this be appropriate in some cultures to talk about their occupation with others? For North Americans is fine but for other countries it might be taboo. What do you think?
Well the new year is fast approaching, I wonder what some of you are planning. As for myself, it seems since I started this blog my submissions have been far and few between. I must admit that since I have become a papa, that finding time on the computer is hard to do.
But my resolution for 2009 is to write more, and research as well and to update this blog as much as possible. I think of it as a window to my teaching and linguistics practice.
What was good about being a graduate student at Temple University Japan was that it encouraged me to write more often, and think about my presentation. Since graduating I have “fallen off the wagon” sort of speak, and realize that just writing is a vital practice for me both personally and professionally.
My brother Joey, is a fine example of this. His practice is writing as well: poems, commentary, prose. For my own blogging it must reflect my need to get my ideas out there, possibly get some feedback. It takes some bravery too, since you are essentially submitting something for public scrutiny.
Posting articles, research is a vital practice as well, but what one friend said, if the journal/site is peer reviewed, this adds more credibility to your research than just posting on the web.
Frankly, I like the appeal of publishing on the web, for it allows for a great deal of freedom. This broad kind of appeal can be seen with the creation of such sites as Google Docs https://www.google.com/ and Scribd http://www.scribd.com/
So this is what I need to do, to focus and write on here, keep the fire burning. I will also try to do some presentations at some conferences this year, so that will keep me occupied as well.
Happy New Year and Happy blogging!
I don’t know how many of you are interested in corpus linguistics but I chanced upon the mother of all sites highlighting the topic, with a guide of the programs available, free or for purchase; to do research.
David Lee set up a site called “Devoted to Corpora” and the link is http://personal.cityu.edu.hk/~davidlee/devotedtocorpora/CBLLinks.htm Check it out and let me know what you think. Keep your pop-up blocker up because one comes up occasionally.
The web getting programs are something I want to look into. I think there are better things to do than highlight text, copy and do it again. Way too time consuming! The idea of clicking a button and getting a bunch of data for a DIY corpus sounds really nice right now.
Everything you wanted to know about Corpus linguistics…. but was afraid to ask.