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Show Notes: The Minimal Pair Title: I Can't Be Bothered with VowelsEpisode no: 016Date: Recorded on 09/04/14
Topics in Language LearningLanguage snobbery

  1. English is spoken in many countries – so which is the “right” English?
  • English has official/special status in 75 countries (2 billion speakers)
  • Numbers and their implications: more non-native speakers than native speakers (probably…)
  • ESL students from English-speaking countries: what does that say about us (the ESL programs)?
  1. Grammar snobbery
  • There’s a time and a place to get it right (formal vs. informal English)
  • Prescriptive grammar vs. descriptive grammar
  • Privileges: education, class, race, L1 vs. L2, ability
  • Language evolution
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  1. PowerPoint, taboo?
  2. Pros
  • Visual aid – especially helpful to visual learners
  • Keeping the lesson on track/organized
  • Accessible (can be saved in Bb and referred back to later)
  • Interactive (sometimes… depends on who made it!)
  • Student use
  1. Cons
  • One-way learning/teacher-centered classroom
  • Inhibits organic discussion
  • Visual pollution/over-saturation of slides
  • “Overly formal” vibe
  • Over-simplifies the material (reduces critical thinking)
  1. Tips
  • Guy Kawasaki’s 10, 20, 30 rule – 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30-point font
  • Keeping it simple – but not simplifying the material
  • Make it interactive (to avoid “one-way learning)
  • Spice it up!
  • Set expectations (i.e., students shouldn’t just sit and copy from the slides)
  • Take breaks
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Adjunct AnticsValuing Adjuncts
  1. The downside of being an adjunct
  • Lower pay
  • No retirement plan or benefits
  • No job certainty/guarantee
  • No/less input to department decisions
  1. “Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act”
  • Student debt is a problem for most people, but adjuncts (who have less job certainty and low pay) have an especially hard time paying off their loans
  • 2007 – Congress created PSLF (Public Service Loan Forgiveness), to offer loan forgiveness to people in public and non-profit sectors
  • Many adjuncts don’t qualify for PSLF because you have to work an average of 30 hours a week/year, and adjuncts don’t always get enough hours
  • The Adjunct Faculty Loan Fairness Act would allow adjuncts to access PSLF, regardless of hours worked
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