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William Denny
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Studying statistics (again) online, in preparation for #corpuslinguitics  work and #vocabulary   #teaching   #methodology   in the spring.
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Just finished commenting on the first writing journal entries of the semester. It took awhile, but I very much enjoyed reading their work. Currently I'm leaving handwritten notes and then transcribing them into the University's grading system just to have a (legible) record. Though I'm trying to find a more efficient way to do this.
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What an awesome group of students I have this semester. I look forward to reading/listening to their work.
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the perfect time for warming up the class
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It would be interesting to see if this is as effective for second language learners.
 
#Phonics forms part of most literacy instruction methodologies to varying extents, from exclusively to very little. In this study, investigators found that, contrary to how 'traditional' phonics is typically taught, lists of words designed to teach specific letter-sound correspondences with variable irrelevant letters were more effective than lists of similar-sounding words. For example, if the task is is to learn that letter <a> represents the English short vowel found in cat, use of a list of words such as bat, hat, pat, and non-words lat and hap was significantly less effective than a variable list such as fan, ram, and non-words cag and dap, even though it apparently shouldn't matter what the other letters are, since it's the vowel that is to be learned, and the similar words include fewer irrelevant sounds to process. The authors point out in their Developmental Psychology paper - see dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0029839 - that earlier research across the cognitive and psychological sciences points to a general rule that dissimilar items in a group to be learned are easier to memorise than similar objects. [This, in turn, calls into question the usual approach of students learning vocabulary grouped around a theme - this week it's all fruit and veg, next week all the words for household items, etc.]
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"Syllable Teaches You How to Speed Read" http://feedly.com/k/1aO2n0W
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Taken Fall of 2012, first semester teaching as a graduate instructor.
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" I also firmly believe that the lack of SF [sci-fi] in the Arab world has contributed to less interest in the sciences in general. There is hardly any research and development in the Arab region and I think if there was more SF there’d be more interest in R&D."
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I think there are good reasons for the lack. Just study the history. If not for Adaturk there would simply be no acceptance for Science in the region 

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The Arabic and Farsi are a bit off.. any others?
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#linguists I found this cool picture/article and couldn't help but notice that the Arabic and Farsi like buttons don't concatenate the characters. But there's support for devanagari?! Does anyone else notice anything fishy?

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ESL Lecturer
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  • University of Iowa
    Lecturer, 2013 - present
    Classes taught: ESL Academic Oral Skills (2), ESL Academic Writing (1) Organized and designed courses according to committee-reviewed curricula and deliver to students in class meetings. Assessed student work and report grade summaries to students and program director. Maintained office hours for students and served as a mentor for students on disciplinary probation.
  • University of Iowa
    Graduate Instructor, 2012 - 2013
    Classes taught: ESL Academic Listening Skills (3) Organized and designed courses according to committee-reviewed curricula and deliver to students in class meetings. Assessed student work and report grade summaries to students and program director. Maintained office hours for students and volunteered in miscellaneous service-orientated capacities, such as evaluating skill area text books and reviewing the final exam.
  • University of Iowa
    Bookstacks, 2011 - 2011
  • Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County
    ESL Tutor, 2010 - 2011
  • Sonic Drive-In
    Assistant Manager, 2005 - 2010
  • ALDI, Inc.
    Assistant Manager, 2007 - 2008
  • Maharishi University of Management
    Special Collections Supervisor, 2008 - 2009
    Sorted returned materials and re-placed on shelves. Supervised work-study students. Custodial duties as required.
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Introduction
I'm in my final year of a five-year B.A./M.A. program in Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language. My language study background includes mainly Spanish and some Arabic.

My interests include language acquisition, critical applied linguistics, and critical pedagogy in TESOL
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First person in my family to earn a four-year degree, and will be the first to earn a Master's as well.
Education
  • University of Iowa
    Linguistics/TESL (M.A.), 2012 - present
  • University of Iowa
    Linguistics/TESL (B.A.), 2010 - 2012
  • Indian Hills Community College
    Associate of Arts, 2003 - 2010
  • Maharishi University of Management
    No degree, 2008 - 2009
  • Maharishi University of Management
    No degree, 2009 - 2009
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