I had the privilege of attending the British Association of Lecturers in EAP Professional Issues meeting on November 29th in Sheffield. It was a brilliant opportunity to catch up with some current thinking and trends in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and talk with dozens of teachers. The theme of the conference was teacher research. …
It's Nobel Prize season. While scientists throughout the world will be awarded this prestigious prize, there's a good chance all of their research was written up in English. Michael Gordin, a professor of the history of science at Princeton, wrote a new book, "Scientific Babel" that explores the intersection of the history of language and science.
"Culture" is Merriam-Webster's word of the year for 2014. The dictionary landed on culture by figuring out which of their most popular words experienced the biggest spike in lookups this year compared to last year. "Culture is a word that we seem to be relying on more and more. It allows us to identify and isolate an idea, issue, or group with seriousness," Peter Sokolowski, editor at large for Merriam-Webster, said in a statement. "And it's efficient: we talk about the 'culture' of a group rath
The recruitment of the 70,000 volunteers required to stage a successful Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 is well under way. More than 240,000 applicants are now taking part in the first phase of the selection process, which includes an online exercise and language assessment. Interviews with successful candidates will then begin next year.