Monthly Archives: July 2011

Discourse Analysis: An Introduction to Language in Use

Discourse analysis (DA), or discourse studies, is a general term for a number of approaches to analyzing written, spoken, signed language use or any significant semiotic event. The objects of discourse analysis—discourse, writing, talk, conversation, communicative event, etc.— are variously … Continue reading

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Matt Damon’s Message to Teachers: “There are millions of us behind you”

This has been a horrible decade for teachers. I can’t imagine how demoralized you must feel. But I came here today to deliver an important message to you: As I get older, I appreciate more and more the teachers that … Continue reading

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Cambiar la formación de los profesores: Entrevista con Linda Darling-Hammond

Entrevistas de Eduard Punset con Linda Darling-Hammond, profesora de educación en la Stanford University. Washington, 9 de octubre del 2009. El antiguo modelo de enseñanza ya no es válido en una sociedad basada en el conocimiento ~Linda Darling-Hammond Eduard Punset: … Continue reading

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Political Rhetoric, Explained – Steven Pinker

Compete video at: http://fora.tv/2008/09/12/Steven_Pinker_The_Stuff_of_Thought Psychologist Steven Pinker explains why political rhetoric often tends to be vague, empty, and bland. One of the principal researchers on language and cognition, Steven Pinker turns his focus to what our language says about us. … Continue reading

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The Passive Voice, The Active Voice & Grammar Girl: Mistakes Were Made

Grammar: Teaching the Passive Voice The passive voice. “No, not the passive voice!”, says the writing teacher. “The ACTIVE voice. Use the active voice.” http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/active-voice-versus-passive-voice.aspx Sound familiar? If it does, you are not alone. But here’s the problem: Students need … Continue reading

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Learn Mandarin Chinese – Lesson 1: The 5 Tones

In Chinese linguistics, Mandarin (simplified Chinese: 官话; traditional Chinese: 官話; pinyin: Guānhuà; literally “speech of officials”) refers to a group of related Chinese dialects spoken across most of northern and southwestern China. Because most Mandarin dialects are found in the … Continue reading

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What is a MOOC?

This year I participated in my first MOOC. It was a wonderful learning experience for me, in a number of ways. I realise that many of you could also benefit from participating in a MOOC, but the major obstacle is … Continue reading

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Khaled Hosseini: Santa Clara University, Undergraduate Commencement Exercises, June 11, 2011

Khaled Hosseini http://www.scu.edu/commencement/2011/hosseini-ugrad.cfm Thank you for inviting me to be part of today’s celebration. As you may know, I graduated from this university in 1988 and have many fond memories of my time here. It is a privilege to be … Continue reading

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Temptations – “My Girl”

I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside I’ve got the month of May. I guess you’d say What can make me feel this way? My girl (my girl, my girl) Talkin’ ’bout my girl (my girl). … Continue reading

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Khaled Hosseini opens Day Two of the 2011 IB Conference of the Americas. Watch his session here!

SOS is an acronym for Students Outreach For Shelters, a service learning program of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. http://blogs.ibo.org/conferenceamericas/2011/07/22/second-general-session-by-khaled-hosseini/

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