Posts from ‘June, 2008’

Tag questions

Here’s a little tutorial I put together for a teaching demonstration as part of a job interview. It might be useful to somebody: Tag questions What are tag questions? A tag question is a short question that is added to the end of a statement to confirm the statement. Examples of tags questions are: * […]

See ya later, George

The world just got a little more boring with the death of George Carlin. George was not only really funny, he had a unique insight regarding language. Here’s a sampling of his clean material, i.e., stuff you can use in class: If you take an Oriental person and spin him around several times, does he […]

English ‘rules’

Another old wiki page. Apologies for any poor formatting: This page lists various ‘rules’ that apply to English. I’m stating these rules from memory. Please don’t hesitate to correct mistakes. PHONETICS Past tense -ed resulting in extra syllable: When the verb ends in /t/ or /d/, the past tense suffix is pronounced as an extra […]

Conversation activities

I’m deleting an old wiki and thought I’d hang on to this page, so here it is. Some of the links probably won’t work. These are some activities I used years ago and posted to my wiki on the fly. Storycorps One of websites from which I have collected listening files for your homework is […]

APA: Citing indirect sources Widgets Get the APA Publication Manual I always feel uncomfortable when I need to make an indirect citation. I try to avoid them, but when necessary, here’s how it’d done (it was much easier to look up on-line than to find in my print copy of the Publication Manual): APA Formatting and Style Guide: […]

Paying students?

‘Paying students’ is an ambiguous title, I realize. Usually, it’s the students who pay. This article is about schools paying students to perform. Is that really a good thing? Regardless, it’s fuel for a healthy in-class debate among education majors! Schools experiment with paying kids – Yahoo! News WASHINGTON – Friday is payday at KIPP […]

Friday the 13 safer?

This story would work well in a unit on superstition: Friday 13th not more unlucky, study shows – Yahoo! News AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Unlucky for some? Dutch statisticians have established that Friday 13th, a date regarded in many countries as inauspicious, is actually safer than an average Friday. A study published on Thursday by the […]

Free (mostly) software

Course: Essential Software This site lists a good selection of free software that I’ve used for basic computer courses in the past. It lists just about everything I’ve used for courses. But, if I were to teach a similar computer course again, I would probably just direct me students to and have them put […]

Viral ads

Beer makers increasingly turning to viral ads – Yahoo! News Beer makers increasingly turning to viral ads This article has teaching value. I’m not sure how exactly, but it does, and not just because it’s about beer, one of my favorite subjects. One reason that this type of article is of pedagogical value is simply […]