An affix (prefix, suffix, infix, etc.) is a group of letters added to a word to modify the meaning or create a new word. For example, the suffix -or can mean a person who does a particular action. Hence: actor, editor, inventor, visitor, etc. The prefix biblio- means book, from which we get words such… Read more Dictionary of Affixes
INTO’s first online presessional course starts on Monday. To all our new students, hello and welcome! Nobody is nervous about this at all. The equipment is (mostly) in working order. Your teachers are standing by…
The Resource Centre has a collection of printed leaflets for students. These are now being made available as PDF files in the directory intouea.com/leaflets. You can download them and print them out if you wish. They are all A4 size. The original leaflets are in various sizes and formats, so they are gradually being converted… Read more Resource Centre leaflets
If you aren’t able to visit UEA’s campus in person, you can still explore it through the game Minecraft. Some UEA students have recreated much of the campus on a Minecraft server. Instructions are on their Facebook page. Unfortunately, INTO hasn’t been added (yet).
Several additional online resources have been made available during the current emergency. For details see: Remote access to Library resources during the Covid-19 outbreak A-Z Databases (on the right of the page)
Blackboard (at UEA) Blackboard Help UEA’s Remote Teaching pages ITCS Services for Remote Working Collaborate Ultra help Echo360 help Download Microsoft Teams Guide to Teams from UEA Using Microsoft Teams for Remote Learning INTOStudy Brightspace Help Bongo help OBS Studio Camtasia tutorials Record a PowerPoint slide show with narration OneNote Class Notebook INTO Training –… Read more Remote teaching links
Do you know all of these words? According to the iWeb Corpus, they are likely to appear on the same web pages as the word coronavirus. virus, viral infection, infect, infected, infectious disease respiratory severe symptom outbreak vaccine, vaccination syndrome fever spread human middle illness transmission antibody immune animal patient diarrhea acute case cat cell… Read more Coronavirus vocabulary
Kurzgesagt’s YouTube channel shows animated educational videos on science, technology, philosophy, etc. Some examples: Building a Marsbase is a Horrible Idea: Let’s do it! Fracking explained: opportunity or danger How Evolution works Is Meat Bad for You? Is Meat Unhealthy? Overpopulation – The Human Explosion Explained The Death Of Bees Explained – Parasites, Poison and… Read more Kurzgesagt
A few alternatives The Bottom Line Business discussion. BBC Radio 4 programme with Evan Davis.About 290 audio episodes and 126 video clips.Most episodes downloadable.You will need to sign in to the BBC.Also available on BoB. Science Weekly Podcasts from The Guardian.About 800 episodes.Downloadable.See also other podcasts and videos on this site. Smithsonian Channel videos Short… Read more Oh, not another TED Talk…
O’Reilly for Higher Education has at least 12 ebooks on writing a CV (or résumé) and cover letter. For example: The One Page CV Lose the Resume, Land the Job Resumes For Dummies Find the books under Explore > All Topics > Career Development > Personal Development > Resumes & Cover Letters. If you’re already… Read more Writing CVs
O’Reilly for Higher Education is a collection of ebooks and videos. It is listed in UEA’s A-Z Databases. Topics include business, writing, presenting, design, maths, science, computers – even cooking! If you are not already registered and signed in, you will see this screen. UEA isn’t there, so select: Not listed? Click here. Enter your UEA… Read more O’Reilly for Higher Education
UEA Library has trial access to the Statista Global Consumer Survey during February. Did you know that 44% of Saudi households own a toaster? Well, in China it’s only 13%. Toaster manufacturers, take note! 55% of Nigerians listen to the radio, compared to 28% of Pakistanis. 99% of Indonesians describe themselves as religious, while only… Read more Global Consumer Survey
We welcome our new students and welcome back everyone else.
The Economics Academic Word List is a list of 887 words which frequently appear in economics texts. More information, with links to activities and other resources, can be found on EAPFoundation.com.
The Resource Centre now subscribes to the print edition of Happiful, a monthly magazine about mental health. Happiful is also a free e-magazine and a website.
Want to add printing credit to your account (aka top up)? There is no longer a pay station in UEA Library, so you cannot use cash. Instead, you need a bank card. You can top up on any INTO or UEA computer or the PaperCut website.
UEA Library has created a new virtual tour of the building, aimed at new students. Click on things to read tips and watch videos explaining some of the mysteries of the library.
UEA Library and the Learning Enhancement Team have made a website called UEA Your First Assignment and Beyond. So far it consists of: Finding and using information Types of information Finding your sources Reading effectively Evaluating your sources Managing your information Writing your assignment Planning your assignment Using sources in your assignment Drafting your assignment
The procedure for connecting phones, laptops, etc. to eduroam has changed again. The latest instructions are here.
Hyperlinks which include ueaezproxy.uea.ac.uk will stop working after this month. For instance: https://www-economist-com.ueaezproxy.uea.ac.uk:2443/. For more information, see this Tag post.
As well as e-newspapers and magazines, you can read (and listen to) ebooks through Norfolk Libraries. The collections include a Young Adult eLibrary. Its books are categorized by up to four readability indicators: Interest Levels, ATOS levels, Lexile Measures and Text Difficulty. For example, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone has an ATOS level of… Read more Young Adult eLibrary
Join Norfolk Libraries and you can read magazines and newspapers online in various languages, via PressReader. Norfolk library staff will be in UEA Library tomorrow (Tuesday 8th October) to help you: @uniofeastanglia students, want to read 1,000's of worldwide newspapers & magazines for free? On Tuesday 10 – 2 @NorfolkLibs staff will be in @UEALibrary… Read more PressReader
The university now has access to the Telegraph Historical Archive, for the years 1855 to 2000. From the Daily Telegraph, May 28, 1969, p. 23:
UEA Library has purchased the Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. It contains over 2000 entries, from Abolitionism to Znaniecki, and is regularly updated.
INTO Resource Centre has changed its borrowing rules. From now on INTO students and staff can borrow up to 8 items (books, DVDs, etc.) for 4 weeks. Items can be renewed indefinitely, so long as nobody else wants them. But you will need to tell us. UEA students who are living in INTO accommodation have… Read more Borrowing rules
There are many free audio books online. They normally come with the texts, so you can listen and read at the same time. Try these sites: Lit2Go LibriVox Norfolk Libraries (but you need to join the library first) Internet Archive Loyal Books Digitalbook.io Searching the web for free audio books will reveal other, similar sites.… Read more Free audio books
The Guardian’s Science Weekly podcasts have been broadcast from 2006 to the present. For example, earlier this month a podcast discussed finding life on other planets. You can listen to the podcasts on the Guardian website, or on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or Spotify. They can also be downloaded as MP3 files.
Science Writing: the Basics (PDF) is a beginner’s guide from the Association of British Science Writers. It answers these questions: What is science writing? What do science writers do? Where do science writers work? What do science writers earn? What skills do you need to be a science writer? How do I get a foot… Read more Science journalism guide
There are some more changes at UEA Library. Undergraduates (and INTO students?) can now borrow 15 books, up from 10. Books will be automatically renewed until requested by another user. More information here and in this video:
The procedure has changed somewhat. New instructions are here.
For those of you arriving in Norwich this weekend, here is our campus map (PDF).
The O’Reilly collection has a large number of ebooks in both the For Dummies and the (Complete) Idiot’s Guide series. Titles in the For Dummies series include: Statistics Financial Accounting Starting a Business English Grammar Office 365 Brexit The (Complete) Idiot’s Guides include: Psychology Economics Grammar and Style Business Law Starting and Running a Restaurant
How to Argue is a book by the lawyer Jonathan Herring. Do you hate arguments and avoid them at all costs? Or do you just find that you keep losing them? Perhaps even when you win, somehow you feel it has all been counter-productive? If so, this is the book for you. It will teach… Read more How to argue
There has been another change to UEA Library Search. (See our 5th August post.) As before, searching is from the main UEA Library page. The two tabs have changed: one is now SEARCH EVERYTHING while the other is BOOKS+. The update is explained further here.
Test 1 The questions in this section are based on an invented language called Dobla. tashu duset sekar The diplomat seduces the daughter. tine betsut vardar The maid helps the valet. betsu tinet sirehar Does the valet love the maid? claru bichut sudar The earl consults the butler. vardehar bichu kochet Does the butler help… Read more Language aptitude tests
Tatoeba is a database of sentences and translations. Enter a phrase and it shows example sentences in several languages. For example, a search for get drunk finds 95 English sentences, such as: Let’s get drunk. Don’t get drunk. Tom is getting drunk. I never get drunk. Getting drunk won’t make things better. Sentences come with… Read more Tatoeba
The Shtooka Project is a collection of sound recordings of words and sentences in several languages. For example, here is the English word university: Recordings can be downloaded in various formats. They are used in Wiktionary. They are also being used for our own minimal pair pronunciation quizzes.
Learning English with Oxford is a new blog from Oxford University Press. So far there are only a few posts. For example, a list of cat idioms: Be the cat’s whiskers Raining cats and dogs Has the cat got your tongue? Curiosity killed the cat Let the cat out of the bag Like a cat… Read more Learning English with Oxford
Oxford’s online English dictionary has moved to Lexico.com. Besides the dictionary and thesaurus, there are sections on grammar, spelling, writing, punctuation, word origins, etc. For example, do you know the longest one-syllable English words? There are several that have nine letters: screeched /skriːʧt/ schlepped /ʃlɛpt/ scratched /skræʧt/ scrounged /skraʊnʤd/ scrunched /skrʌnʧt/ stretched /strɛʧt/ straights /streɪts/… Read more Lexico
The linguist Stephen Krashen, known for his hypotheses of second language acquisition, has a website, sdkrashen.com. It includes the full text of some of the books and articles that he has written over the years. He also has a Twitter account.
Autumn is here! Do you know all of these words? They are commonly found on the same web pages as autumn. Nouns winter leaf spring summer plant flower fall garden soil tree weather colour seed season foliage temperature species root shade fruit sun stem pumpkin pot shrub grass mountain crop green variety festival rain bird… Read more Autumnal words
You can read more about this slightly surprising discovery in the Taiwan News (in English) and Sina Online (in Chinese). Source: Language Log
This year’s Norwich Science Festival takes place between 18th and 26th October. Many events are held at The Forum and are free. Some events require tickets. There is a brochure.
According to the Antimoon website: typical English classes are not an effective way to learn English. They produce very slow progress, especially after you reach the intermediate level. Most learners, after years of attending classes, cannot speak English without making a lot of mistakes in grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. Instead, the Antimoon Method requires “massive… Read more The Antimoon Method
This website lets you type words with symbols from the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), like these: ʃ θ ʊ ʌ ʒ æ ɑ ð ə ɪ ŋ ɒ You can then copy the IPA text to your document. Another website (previously mentioned) converts your English text to IPA.
The New Statesman is, in its own words, “the leading progressive political and cultural magazine in the United Kingdom.” It has been published since 1913. Unless you subscribe, there is only limited access to the website, but you can read the magazine via EBSCOhost. Other British political magazines include: The Economist, which can also be… Read more New Statesman, and other magazines
Taikonaut was recently an OED Word of the day. It is thought to be a blend of the Chinese words tai kong (outer space) and astronaut. It is one of several words ending in -naut. The OED says -naut forms words with the sense of voyager or traveller. Here are some more examples: aeronaut –… Read more -naut
From an article in the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. Listen to the language Don’t try too hard with the grammar Choose the right time of day to learn Take long breaks Drink a little alcohol The article includes links to the supporting research, some of which might be rigorous. There is also a podcast,… Read more Five ways to get better at a new language
The Oxford English Dictionary picks a word each day. They tend to be “hard” or unusual words. Recent picks include: bricoleur – a person who performs a variety of manual jobs; someone who fixes things in an ingenious manner grandiloquent – characterized by a high-flown, extravagant, or bombastic style or manner, esp. in language Nowheresville… Read more OED Word of the Day
PsychCrunch is a series of podcasts from the British Psychological Society’s Research Digest. For example, one episode is How to be Funnier: Can psychology help us to be funnier? Our presenter Ginny Smith hears how a key ingredient of humour is “incongruity” and the surprise of unexpected meanings. Individual words too can be amusing, but actually most… Read more PsychCrunch
Microhistory, according to Wikipedia, “is a genre of history writing which focuses on small units of research, such as an event, community, individual, or a settlement.” At Goodreads people have voted for the top 100 microhistory books. Of these the top ten are: Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach Salt: A… Read more Microhistories
Money on the Mind is a blog on behavioural economics “& other mind-blowing things” by a Dutch PhD student at Warwick Business School. It has some recent interviews with behavioural economists, including UEA’s Professor Sugden.
SciDev.Net carries news and analysis about science and technology for global development. It has a section of Practical guides, such as: How to advance your career in science How to give a science flash talk How to question numbers How to write about your science
UEA’s School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies has a politics blog called Eastminster. While it appears to be written entirely by two people called Editor and Admin, closer inspection reveals the actual authors. Some examples of posts: Seven Myths Used To Make The Case For A Second Referendum Terrorist obituaries: some early research… Read more Eastminster
INTO Resource Centre has a new leaflet for its users:
Lonweb or Languages-on-the-web has some stories and other texts translated from English into other languages. The texts are displayed in parallel. For example, this is the beginning of a story in Indonesian and English: Pencarian untuk Lorna The search for Lorna Daisy Hamilton adalah seorang detektif swasta. Daisy Hamilton was a private detective. Dia berumur… Read more Lonweb parallel texts
A new book about the semicolon is reviewed by Stan Carey. It is available from Amazon, etc. Here is a lesson in creative writing. First rule: Do not use semicolons. … All they do is show you’ve been to college. Kurt Vonnegut
An article in the Spring 2019 issue of Society Now summarizes the impact of a university degree on future income in Britain. The full report is from the Institute of Fiscal Studies. For men, studying creative arts, English or philosophy results in lower average earnings than if they hadn’t gone to university at all: For… Read more What not to study if you want to be rich
In Lingthusiasm Episode 33 Lauren Gawne and Gretchen McCulloch discuss spelling. Gretchen: I think of spelling systems across languages as kind of like living in a house. When you first move into a house, you unpack everything and you hopefully say, “Okay. I’m gonna be organised this time.” And you say, “This is where everything’s… Read more Why spelling is hard – but also hard to change
A bar chart race is an animated bar chart that shows changes over time. For example, the top 10 countries by CO2 emissions per capita from 1800 to 2014: More examples from LivelyData The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018 (with audio commentary): You can make your own bar chart races… Read more Bar chart races
Oxford University Press has a YouTube channel, Oxford Academic, with videos on many topics. For example, there are some Very Short Introductions to human evolution, behavioural economics, fungi, William Shakespeare, Iran, Buddhism, neoliberalism, etc. Here is Professor Jones of Norwich Business School on branding:
UEA’s School of Economics has a blog – or rather, a collection of blogs. These include Staff Blogs, Meet the Lecturers and Student Blogs. Some posts: Who is Boris Johnson? Brexit Clues On The Community of Advantage Tosin’s Room
The union catalogue WorldCat has listed the 100 novels which are found in the most libraries. Of these the top 10 are: Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain Treasure Island by Robert… Read more The Library 100
There have been some changes to UEA Library’s search page and other pages (e.g. A-Z Databases and UEA Subject Guides). Search is now done from the main UEA Library page. Choose either the BOOKS & EBOOKS or JOURNAL ARTICLES tab. Results for print books now show the library floor. For an ebook, click on the… Read more UEA Library Search
A new page on this website lists organizations that provide training for English language teachers, as well as other staff. So far these are BALEAP, British Council: TeachingEnglish, CRELLA, CSED, English UK, IATEFL and NILE.
Herman Melville was born 200 years ago today (1st August 1819). He was an American writer. His novel Moby-Dick (1851) is the story of Captain Ahab’s obsessive quest for revenge on Moby Dick, a gigantic white whale that bit off his leg. The novel begins: Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having… Read more Herman Melville
Primo Levi was born 100 years ago today (31st July 1919). He was an Italian Jewish chemist, writer and Holocaust survivor. He wrote If This Is a Man (1947) and The Truce (1963) about his time in Auschwitz and his journey home. The Periodic Table (1975) is a collection of autobiographical short stories. Each story… Read more Primo Levi
ZME Science is another popular science news website. It is similar to ScienceAlert, which we mentioned earlier this month.
UEA Library has purchased a subscription to Underground and Independent Comics. You can read comics from the 1940s onwards, plus The Comics Journal (news and criticism).
The Public Domain Review is “dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas”, especially works in the public domain. It has essays on a variety of topics. For example: Loos, Lewdness, and Literature: Tales from the Boghouse The Dancing Plague of 1518 Frolicsome Engines: The Long… Read more The Public Domain Review
Retraction Watch is a blog that reports on retractions of academic articles. A retraction is a statement in an academic journal that an article previously published in the journal is not valid after all. Usually this is because of plagiarism, fraud or serious errors. For example, in 2010 The Lancet retracted a notorious paper by… Read more Retraction Watch and Zotero
Need background music or sound effects for your video or slideshow? A previous post suggested the Free Music Archive. Another option is the Audio Library from YouTube. Music tracks are categorized by genre (e.g. ambient, cinematic, classical, pop, reggae) and mood (dark, funky, sad, etc.). You can listen to them online and download them as… Read more YouTube Audio Library
Because Internet : Understanding the New Rules of Language, by linguist Gretchen McCulloch, is a guide to the way internet language is evolving. She explains how your first social internet experience influences whether you prefer “LOL” or “lol,” why ~sparkly tildes~ succeeded where centuries of proposals for irony punctuation had failed, what emoji have in… Read more Because Internet
The London School of Economics Students’ Union Economics Society has an essay competition. Entry is open to students in their final two years of secondary school, or in sixth form college (including students taking A-Level, the International Baccalaureate, or any other equivalent curriculum). Entrants do not have to be studying at schools within the UK… Read more LSESU Economics Society essay competition
The website Statista provides statistics and charts on business, industry, etc. Now you can easily cite them in your assignments. For example: On the right of this chart’s Statista page you can see the Citation option: Choose Harvard and you get this reference: Facebook. (2019). Number of monthly active Facebook users worldwide as of 1st… Read more Citing Statista
UEA Library has a collection of ebooks on journalism. For example: The Online Journalism Handbook by Paul Bradshaw. 2nd edn. (2018) Interviewing for Journalists by Emma Lee-Potter. 3rd edn. (2017) The Universal Journalist by David Randall. 5th edn. (2016) Research Skills for Journalists by Vanessa Edwards (2016) Introducing the Language of the News : A… Read more Journalism ebooks
How many did you get? semantics, phonetics, syntax, typology, discourse, grammar, lexicography, dialectology, pedagogy, literacy, orthography, rhetoric, graphemics, documentation, semiotics, stylistics, vocabulary, implicature, phonotactics, iconicity, articulation, philology Source: Bethan Siân Tovey via All Things Linguistic
Stephen B. Heard, whose blog Scientist Sees Squirrel we mentioned last week, is a biologist at the University of New Brunswick in Canada. He has written a book, The scientist’s guide to writing (Princeton University Press, 2016). In the preface he says, “This book is designed for students and early-career scientists across the natural sciences… Read more The Scientist’s Guide to Writing
From Stephen B. Heard’s blog Scientist Sees Squirrel: If you’re like me, you’re continually frustrated by the fact that undergraduate students struggle to understand statistics. Actually, that’s putting it mildly: a large fraction of undergraduates simply refuse to understand statistics; mention a requirement for statistical data analysis in your course and you’ll get eye-rolling, groans,… Read more Why do we make statistics so hard for our students?
A study of scientific papers has found that these days they are harder to read. Here, in a corpus consisting of 707 452 scientific abstracts published between 1881 and 2015 from 122 influential biomedical journals, we show that the readability of science is steadily decreasing. Further, we demonstrate that this trend is indicative of a… Read more Science papers are getting harder to read
The Little Book of Norwich by Neil R. Storey was published in 2015. This book does not pretend to be a history, concise almanac or even a guide to Norwich; instead it is a collection of ephemeral, nostalgic and miscellaneous facts about a city brimming with history and full of fascinating stories. It has chapters… Read more The Little Book of Norwich
As many of our students know, SPSS is a computer program (aka software application) used for statistical analysis. UEA Library has several ebooks about SPSS, including: SPSS for Dummies by Arthur Griffith SPSS for Starters by Ton J. Cleophas and Aeilko H. Zwinderman SPSS Survival Manual by Julie Pallant INTO Resource Centre has a print… Read more SPSS ebooks
UEA Library is changing its library management software. The current system is antique (over 17 years old) and needs replacing. Your borrowing history and saved searches will not be preserved, but you can download them before 20th July. Read all about it on UEA’s website.
HSTalks are video lectures and case studies. UEA has access to the Business & Management Collection, which consists of 1,222 talks, 53 of which have been published so far this year. The lectures are accompanied by slides. Some have transcripts and subtitles, while some include questions. For example: Tesco: how supply chain strategy supports retail… Read more HSTalks again
ScienceAlert is a science news website. Every day it has several news items on nature, health, space, tech, the environment, etc.
Lander Hawes’s blog offers study advice to international students. For example: From IELTS to University: Counter-Arguments with Cats and Dogs Transforming a model IELTS problem-solution essay into a university-level essay (Part 1) Barriers to achieving an IELTS 7.0+ academic writing style Lander used to teach English at INTO UEA. When not teaching, he puts on… Read more Lander’s blog
Ronny Chieng: International Student is an Australian TV comedy series, first broadcast in 2017. Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng plays an international student at the University of Melbourne, which of course is nothing like UEA at all. You can watch all six episodes on BoB.
Continuing our celebration of the International Year of the Periodic Table, here are some alternative versions on Wikipedia: See also There’s More Than One Periodic Table, plus the external links at the end of the Wikipedia article.
You’re not supposed to cite Wikipedia in your assignments, but hey, let’s stick it to the man. And there are occasions when citing Wikipedia is appropriate. Maybe you’re writing an assignment about Wikipedia! For the year of publication, use the year when the Wikipedia page was last modified. This information appears at the bottom of… Read more Citing Wikipedia
The Sherlock Holmes stories have been adapated many times for television and the cinema. The TV series that is most faithful to the stories is probably the one made by Granada Television between 1984 and 1994 and starring Jeremy Brett as Holmes. There were seven seasons, grouped as follows. (The links go to playlists in… Read more Sherlock Holmes on TV
The original Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle consist of four novels and 56 short stories, published between 1887 and 1927. The novels are: A Study in Scarlet The Sign of the Four The Hound of the Baskervilles The Valley of Fear The short stories are collected in five volumes: The Adventures of Sherlock… Read more Sherlock Holmes
The Economics Network has some games for economics classes. For example: The International Trade Game CARTEL: a board game for teaching game theory Tennis Balls in Economics The Production Possibility Frontier Game These are not computer games, but require pencils and paper, scissors, tennis balls, etc.
A big welcome to everyone on this year’s presessional course. Have a wonderful time and don’t work too hard!
The definitions of four SI base units – the kilogram, ampere, kelvin and mole – have been changed. The new definitions are based on fixed numerical values of the Planck constant (h), the elementary charge (e), the Boltzmann constant (k) and the Avogadro constant (NA) respectively. They came into force on 20th May. The seven… Read more Revised SI units
In the International Year of the Periodic Table here is a warning about element scarcity from the European Chemical Society: The smartphone you may be using right now to look at this unique Periodic Table is made up of some 30 elements – over half of which may give cause for concern in the years… Read more Element scarcity periodic table
ielts-simon.com is a blog of daily tips on the IELTS test. For example, from a recent post, IELTS Speaking: slow down!: While you may be marked down by the examiner if you hesitate too often, there’s nothing wrong with speaking a bit more slowly and carefully. You can post comments and questions.
Shockingly, not all of our business students seem to know about Dilbert. The comic strip has now been running for 30 years.
Lingthusiasm is: A podcast that’s enthusiastic about linguistics! Make your boring commute or chores feel like a lively, nerdy, language-y dinner party with real linguists! Gretchen McCulloch (All Things Linguistic) and Lauren Gawne (Superlinguo) bring you into fascinating and hilarious half-hour conversations about the patterns behind language which you never realized you were already saying.… Read more Lingthusiasm