Sunday, November 29, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
In reality, the Chinese editors with profound understandings of local context orientated the textbook writing for Chinese students’ benefits and ensured the localized textbook to achieve the local education objectives. There was evidence that the Chinese editors did not believe that “nativeness” means expertise (Rampton, 1990), as they took advantages of their knowledge of Chinese cultures to deal with the China-related content and also made good use of their English knowledge to deal with language accuracy and appropriateness without feeling disadvantaged as non-native speakers.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
English as an international language: perspectives and pedagogical issuesBy Farzad Sharifian
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 09, 2009
The 16th Conference of the International Association for World Englishes, Inc. (IAWE) will be held in Vancouver, Canada from 25 to 27 July, 2010. Members of the association are invited to propose papers for presentation or participate by attending the conference. Please visit the website for latest updates:
Tuesday, November 03, 2009
Monday, November 02, 2009
"I think teacher should know what the students really need. Then help them to write that things and judge. For example, many students want to learn how to write resume. The teacher should give suggestions on how to write and tell the students what the HR suppose in one’s resume. The teacher may get all the resumes, tell the students which students will he/she take if he/she is HR. I think people will be interested in what they need. Many useful English writings are not difficult, but Western people have different way to write it…Teachers should let students know it."
"A teacher regard exams as the final aim of writing would never attract students. So his task is not only teaching how to use words or sentences but also the culture.”
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
"its purpose is to provide the best possible help to any and all people here in China that want to improve their English. And the best part of it all is that everything is FREE OF CHARGE!"
Monday, October 05, 2009
UPDATE: It's down again. Someone needs to get it up and running!
Thursday, October 01, 2009
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Song--Tell me why (Declan Galbraith)
Auld Lang Syne
Big Big Girl
Smoke Rings In The Dark
La Isla Bonita(Alizee)
Scarborough Fair -Sarah Brightman
My heart will go on
You took my heart away
When you love someone
Take Me To Your Heart
The day you went away (M2M )
The Straw Hat
MY OH MY
Say you say me
Seasons In The Sun
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, June 22, 2009
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Most of the academic writing (that gets publshed in respected international journals) about China English is done (quite naturally, I'd say) by people from mainland China. (Though most of them do not live and work here.)
What is personally at stake when somebody does academic research? One might say that Chinese TESOL professionals / scholars/teachers have a vested interest in understanding China English because it is somehow a "part of them" -- it gets at important personal, national, international and professional issues that are important to them.
But, since I'm gearing up to do a PhD that is focused on China English and ESL writing, what is at stake for me when I do research about China English? Many of the same things. I am an American English teacher/researcher/whatever, and I (currently) am a part of this bizarre "foreign expert" system here in China -- my experience, too, is a part of what makes China English. This research also gets at personal, international, and professional issues that are important to me.
I've been thinking lately about the huge importance of monolingualism, specifically English monolingualism, in shaping the way English has been taught around the world for years. If knowledge is personal, like I read in that Michael Polanyi book they made me read at SPU, then I think I have some compelling reasons to look into China English from my (American) ("native-speaker") (monolingual) (etc) perspective. Inasmuch as English is "my" language, any variety of the language is interesting to me. As a monolingual speaker of English who is at least dimly aware of the way the language has changed and is changing globally, I now feel a greater urgency to help people -- not only my students in China, but "my people," "back home" -- understand how the language works, or maybe even how Language works.
When I see the sheer number of Chinese surnames on the articles I'm reading these days, I get a little intimidated*, and worried that maybe I am getting into the wrong gig. But I think I have some reasons to be doing this. I also think that if I am pursuing knowledge for the right reasons (let me know what they are if you know...some that I can come up with are a. it's interesting b. it can potentially help people c. it might make the world a better place) it's maybe not something I really need to worry about too much.
(* I realize this sounds borderline The Boy Who Cried Reverse Racism or some crap like that. I don't mean that I'm somehow afraid that nobody is going to let me Join the Club because I'm not Chinese. I just mean it's something I've noticed and I am a little worried that not speaking fluent Chinese makes me a poser. But ultimately I don't think it does, for a couple of reasons mentioned above.)
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
Sunday, May 03, 2009
"How can I improve my oral English?"
Best possible A from monolingual English teacher:
1. Make a list of 5-10 Chinese people you know who you believe speak English well, or at least better than you do.
2. Ask them that question. Because, really. I mean, think about it.
Saturday, May 02, 2009
Thursday, April 02, 2009
Purdue - with TAship ($12k stipend for 50% time teaching job)
University of Washington English
Withdrew my application from waitlist:
Arizona State Rhetoric and Linguistics
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 23, 2009
At Eddie Cheng's blog which follows plagiarism and academic integrity in China:
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
New semester starts on Monday! Plans for 09/10 are still up in the air. Many possibilities, but nothing concrete yet.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
Saturday, January 31, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
- "The feature pool must be filled." Think of language as a pool, which is filled by all the people who use it. We take out the features we need/want to use, but we're also always putting new ones in. I think. Maybe this is meant to be on the level of a language variety rather than of individuals adding features. I like it, though. Outer Circle English is staring to develop a larger feature pool than English used to have.