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Applied linguistics conference – Warsaw, Poland

Here is the link, seems a very promising conference – between 16-18 Sep 2010 – with (so far) very good keynote speakers:  Prof. Kurt Köhn – University of Tübingen, and Prof. Pauline Rea-Dickins, University of Bristol. Still have time to apply until the 30 Nov.

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June 23, 2009 Posted by | applied linguistics, education | 1 Comment

School is out (for summer)!

MAAL / MAELT On Monday I had the last class of the MA Applied Linguistics in Reading. Still have to work on one assignment and dissertation, so still feeling student-like. And the Applied Linguistics Study Group is keeping the spirit alive for the summer, which is great.

Some random thoughts about the academic programme:

Did I enjoy it? I surely did.

Do I think it will help me find a better job / go on with a PhD? I doubt it.

Bits I liked best? My colleagues, the library, few courses (Discourse Analysis, Psycholinguistics in particular) the Thames in the evening, being a student again.

Bits I did not particularly enjoy? Some tutors could have put more effort into it, I know they have the potential to do so; I also think there are other unis that could have delivered a much better programme for my specific needs.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | education, personal | 4 Comments

Self-governing Greenland and Kalaallisut – official language

Can symbolic changes lead to profound transformations? Some say a foot in the door is the way to go, and Greenland is having its say: from Sunday it has a new official language – Kalaallisut, a traditional Inuit dialect. Plus Greenlanders are now internationally recognised as different from Danes and Greenlandic government calls itself Naalakkersuisut.

Is the change necessary, some wonder. Is Greenland self-sufficient? It seems that there are some more urgent matters that Greenlanders need to address (unemployment, domestic violence, poor infrastructure or dealing with obvious icecap melting), so why should people care about language in such hard times?

Because some things remain as important as always: (national) pride, confidence, choosing your own destiny, self-determination and independence.

June 23, 2009 Posted by | language policy and planning | Leave a comment