The Resource Centre now subscribes to the print edition of Happiful, a monthly magazine about mental health.
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
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.
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 6, while Puddin’ is at 4.9.
(How reliable and useful these indicators are is debatable.)
You need a library card number and PIN to sign in. Joining Norfolk Libraries is free.
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 to help get you signed up to use our new subscription to #PressReader #LibrariesWeek #247library #studentlife #norwich
— Libraries – Norfolk County Council (@NorfolkLibs) October 4, 2019
If you sign in to PressReader with a Norfolk library card number and PIN, the service is free. Joining Norfolk Libraries is also free.
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 the same privileges as INTO students.
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:
- Norfolk Libraries (but you need to join the library first)
- Internet Archive
- Loyal Books
Searching the web for free audio books will reveal other, similar sites.
Some of the Resource Centre’s graded readers come with audio CDs. You can also borrow a CD player from us and connect it to your laptop.
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.
- 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 in the door?
- Where can I find out more?
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:
The (Complete) Idiot’s Guides include:
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 you how to argue
The book lists 10 golden rules:
- Be prepared
- When to argue, when to walk away
- What you say and how you say it
- Listen and listen again
- Excel at responding to arguments
- Watch out for crafty tricks
- Develop the skills for arguing in public
- Be able to argue in writing
- Be great at resolving deadlock
- Maintain relationships
It is available through O’Reilly, which UEA Library has (temporary?) access to. You will need to register using your UEA email address.
Most of the books and videos on O’Reilly are IT-related, but there are other topics, such as professional communication (e.g. writing and presenting).
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 the cook?|
|pante sirar tomut||The scullery-maid loves the footman.|
|rokar elede duset||The countess summons the daughter.|
|clarut tikehar mage||Does the dowager rebuke the earl?|
- Give the meaning of:
- tomu sekehar tashut
- pantet tikar koche
- Translate into Dobla: Does the daughter consult the dowager?
The invented language is Kalaamfaadi.
|Felhom ghrabop karhyd||The farmer hates the crow|
|Milkyd felhom rassop||The farmer owns a gun|
|Tayrom rassop karhyd||The bird hates the gun|
|Sadyd tayrop sabyom||The boy helps the bird|
|Bussyd felhop ghrabom||The crow sees the farmer|
|Extayrop felhom talkyd||The farmer shoots the birds|
|Exsabyom extalkyd felhop||The boys shoot the farmer|
- Give the meaning of:
- Exfellop sadyd rassom
- Extayrom exsabyop exbussyd
- Translate into Kalaamfaadi: The crows own guns.
Test 1 is from a test taken by Oxford University applicants who want to study classics. Test 2 is from a test for Oxford applicants in Oriental Studies.
Source: LRB blog. For likely answers to the questions, see the comments.
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 a varying number of translations.
Tom gets drunk almost every evening. トムはほぼ毎晩酔っ払う。 Том се пијани скоро секоја вечер. Том напивается почти каждый вечер. Tom se emborracha casi todas las noches. Tom hemen hemen her akşam sarhoş oluyor. Том напивається майже кожного вечора.
Some sentences have been given tags such as “present continuous”, which you can then search for:
You are abusing your authority. My heart's aching. My brother is always acting foolishly.
Some sentences include sound recordings.
The Shtooka Project is a collection of sound recordings of words and sentences in several languages.
For example, here is the English word university:
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 on hot bricks
- Like a cat that’s got the cream
- Like herding cats
- Look like something the cat dragged in
- No room to swing a cat
- Not stand a cat in hell’s chance
- Play a game of cat and mouse with somebody
- Put the cat among the pigeons
- There’s more than one way to skin a cat
- When the cat’s away the mice will play
The blog says, “Keep practising these phrases to improve your fluency.” It does not explain why you should memorize 15 obscure idioms that happen to include the word cat.
But perhaps (to use another idiom) people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.
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/
- strengths /strɛŋθs/
(Phonetic transcriptions from toPhonetics.)
Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries are still at oxfordlearnersdictionaries.com.
Autumn is here! Do you know all of these words? They are commonly found on the same web pages as autumn.
Source: iWeb Corpus
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 amounts of input”, such as reading 60 pages and listening to 6 hours of English every week. It advises you not to focus on grammar rules. You should try to eliminate mistakes early on.
The site identifies seven myths:
- The best way to learn a foreign language is to go to a foreign country
- The best way to learn a foreign language is to speak it
- It is OK to make mistakes
- As a beginner, you’re bound to make a lot of mistakes
- You are a foreigner, therefore you will always have a foreign accent
- If you didn’t learn a foreign language as a child, you will never be fully proficient in its grammar
- Studying pronunciation is not important
You can read more about the Antimoon Method here.
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 OED says -naut forms words with the sense of voyager or traveller. Here are some more examples:
- aeronaut – a balloonist; a spider which floats through the air
- aquanaut – an underwater explorer
- Argonaut – one of the legendary heroes who sailed with Jason in the Argo
- cosmonaut – a Soviet or Russian astronaut
- psychonaut – someone who experiments with psychedelic drugs
- Reaganaut – an advocate of the policies of US President Reagan
The word juggernaut (a heavy lorry) has quite a different etymology.
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, How to Learn a New Language, which reports that you may be able to boost vocabulary learning during sleep.
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 – a largely unknown or uninteresting place, esp. a small, rural town
- lactivist – a passionate advocate of (exclusive) breastfeeding as the preferred means to feed a baby
- taikonaut – a Chinese astronaut
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 of the time we laugh not because we’ve seen or heard a joke, but as a natural part of friendly interaction.
Besides the podcasts themselves, each episode is accompanied by links to background reading.
So far there are seventeen episodes:
- Dating and Attraction
- Breaking Bad Habits
- How to Win an Argument
- The Psychology of Gift Giving
- How To Learn a New Language
- How To Be Sarcastic
- Use Psychology To Compete Like an Olympian.
- Can We Trust Psychological Studies?
- How To Get The Best From Your Team
- How To Stop Procrastinating
- How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep
- How To Be Funnier
- How to Study and Learn More Effectively
- Psychological Tricks To Make Your Cooking Taste Better
- Is Mindfulness A Panacea Or Overhyped And Potentially Problematic?
- What’s It Like To Have No Mind’s Eye?
- How To Make Running Less Painful And More Fun
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.”
- Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach
- Salt: A World History by Mark Kurlansky
- The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester (also titled The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words)
- The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Terrifying Epidemic – and How It Changed Science, Cities, and the Modern World by Steven Johnson
- Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time by Dava Sobel
- The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee
- Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand
- In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
- At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
- Cod: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky
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:
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 30 tahun dan telah menjadi detektif dalam dua tahun ini.||She was thirty years old and had been a detective for the past two years.|
|Tiap pagi dia pergi ke kantornya untuk menunggu panggilan telpon atau membukakan pintu bagi klien yang membutuhkan pelayanannya.||Every morning she went to her office to wait for phone calls or open the door to clients needing her services.|
Other languages include Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Thai and Turkish.
Note: INTO Resource Centre has a few books of parallel texts (English with Chinese, Japanese, Russian or Spanish), like this one:
For men, studying creative arts, English or philosophy results in lower average earnings than if they hadn’t gone to university at all:
For women there are no subjects with negative returns, but studying creative arts increases earnings by only 9%. (For medicine it’s 75%.)
So if you want to earn more money, study the subjects on the right of the graph: economics, medicine, architecture, business, law, etc.
On the other hand, there is at least one thing that money can’t buy.
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 gonna go.” But the longer you’ve lived in a house, the more random boxes of stuff in the attic you have.
Lauren: English has lived in the house of the Latin alphabet for a very long time.
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:
The most populous cities in the world from 1500 to 2018 (with audio commentary):
You can make your own bar chart races at Flourish.
Source: Economics in Action
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:
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 Louis Stevenson
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
- Moby Dick by Herman Melville
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The complete list is here.
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 View eBook link.
Results for journal articles are much the same as before (but the books have gone). Research Starters are now labelled Start Your Research.
The library has made some videos to help you, including this one:
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 little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.
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 is named after a chemical element which played some part in his life – argon, hydrogen, zinc, and so on.
Tim Radford writes in Nature:
In The Periodic Table, Primo Levi — scientist, poet, writer — makes chemistry a metaphor for his life. But it becomes more than that. Chemistry shapes his life, defines his life, in Auschwitz even saves his life. It becomes his living. In the end, chemistry becomes everything: life itself.
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 Prehistory of Artificial Intelligence
- Forgotten Failures of African Exploration
There are also collections of images, books, films and sound recordings.
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 Andrew Wakefield and others (published 12 years earlier) that linked the MMR vaccine to autism.
The referencing tool Zotero now checks the Retraction Watch database to ensure you are not using a retracted source in your research.
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 MP3 files.
Here is “Bubble Walk” by Aaron Lieberman (categorized as ambient and funky):
There is also a large collection of sound effects. These include Creaking Wooden Door, Dissecting a Body, Human Eating Watermelon, Subway NYC In Motion, Thunderstorm, Laundromat Sounds and so on.
This is a Monster Alien Grunt Hiss:
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 common with physical gestures, and how the artfully disarrayed language of animal memes like lolcats and doggo made them more likely to spread.
The title comes from the online use of because plus noun. For example:
- Because reasons.
- Because science.
- Because money.
The book is out tomorrow.
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 – we accept essays from any school from all countries!
This year the questions are:
- “We as a nation, lost $817 billion dollars on trade. That’s ridiculous and it’s unacceptable.” – President Donald Trump.
Do you agree that a trade deficit is always harmful to a country’s economy?
- “If economists could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people on a level with dentists, that would be splendid.” – John Maynard Keynes
Do you agree with Keynes? Justify your answer.
- Should governments bail out banks that go bankrupt?
- Recently, there have been proposals to introduce a 3-day weekend. To what extent is this economically feasible and would this benefit the economy?
The deadline is 1st August.
Source: Why Study Economics?
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 quarter 2019 (in millions). Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: July 17, 2019. https://www.statista.com/statistics/264810/number-of-monthly-active-facebook-users-worldwide/
You can copy this reference and paste it into your assignment.
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 Student’s Guide by M. Grazia Busà (2014)
- English for Journalists by Wynford Hicks. 4th edn. (2013)
- The Routledge Companion to News and Journalism edited by Stuart Allan (2009)
- Investigative Journalism by Hugo de Burgh. 2nd edn. (2008)
- Key Concepts in Journalism Studies by Bob Franklin et al. (2005)
There are more ebooks via ProQuest Ebook Central.
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
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 (including mathematics).” There is a chapter for non-native speakers of English.
From the chapter titled Brevity:
Now, that was fun to write, but if advising writers to “be brief ” was all it took, you and I could both just skip this chapter. We can’t. I’ve reviewed, formally or informally, somewhere around a thousand manuscripts over my career, and all but a handful should have been shorter.
You can read the book online through UEA Library.
There are, of course, other books on scientific writing: for example, Writing science by Joshua Schimel, and Academic writing for international students of science by Jane Bottomley (printed copies in the Resource Centre).
Update: Also Mastering Academic Writing in the Sciences : A Step-By-Step Guide by Marialuisa Aliotta.
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, or (if it’s early enough in the semester) a rash of course-dropping.
Heard argues that:
we consistently underemphasize the single most important thing about statistics: that this complication is an illusion. In fact, every significance test works exactly the same way.
He goes on to explain how statistics classes can be made simpler.
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 growing usage of general scientific jargon.
The authors conclude:
more than a quarter of scientific abstracts now have a readability considered beyond college graduate level English.
So if you find a scientific article hard to understand, it may not be your fault!
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 on unrest, royalty, crime, entertainment, sport, religion, food and many other topics.
For example, in 1272 the citizens of Norwich burned down the local monastery, killed many people and looted everything of value. The King arrived to punish the ringleaders, who were subsequently hanged. Even the Pope got involved.
Seven hundred years later (in 1971) boxing champion Muhammad Ali visited Norwich – to promote Ovaltine.
You can read the book online via UEA Library.
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 copy of Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics by Andy Field.
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 success by Prof. Leigh Sparks of the University of Stirling. This is a “Bite-size Case Study” and lasts about 10 minutes.
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.
- 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 dark glasses and rows boats. He also has a Facebook page.
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 the page:
This page was last modified on 17 August 2017, at 17:34.
Here is the format for a Harvard reference to a Wikipedia article about lithic flakes (archaeology).
(‘Title of article’, Year)
Channel flakes are caused by the fluting of particular Paleo-Indian projectile points ('Lithic flake', 2017).
‘Title of article’ (Year) Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/… (Accessed: date).
'Lithic flake' (2017) Wikipedia. Available at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lithic_flake (Accessed: 26 June 2019).
The same format is used when citing other wikis:
'Caxambu Style Borborygmus Potion' (2018) Harry Potter Wiki. Available at: https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Leaky_Cauldron (Accessed: 27 June 2019). 'Corybas limpidus' (2018) Wikispecies. Available at: https://species.wikimedia.org/wiki/Corybas_limpidus (Accessed: 27 June 2019). 'Law of Cosines/Proof 3' (2016) Proof Wiki. Available at: https://proofwiki.org/wiki/Law_of_Cosines/Proof_3 (Accessed: 27 June 2019).
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 BoB, where you can watch the entire series.)
- The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1984–1985)
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1986–1988)
- The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes (1991–1993)
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes (1994)
Episodes can also be found on YouTube.
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 Holmes
- The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
- The Return of Sherlock Holmes
- His Last Bow
- The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes
A Study in Scarlet is the book in which Dr Watson first meets Sherlock Holmes, and therefore perhaps the best book to start with. If you prefer short stories, you could start with The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes.
- 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 SI base units are:
- time: second (s)
- length: metre (m)
- mass: kilogram (kg)
- electric current: ampere (A)
- thermodynamic temperature: kelvin (K)
- amount of substance: mole (mol)
- luminous intensity: candela (cd)
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 to come because of increasing scarcity. The issue of element scarcity cannot be stressed enough. With some 10 million smartphones being discarded or replaced every month in the European Union alone, we need to carefully look at our tendencies to waste and improperly recycle such items.
The periodic table pictured is available as a PDF.
Shockingly, not all of our business students seem to know about Dilbert.
The comic strip has now been running for 30 years.
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.
A new episode comes out every month. You can listen to the podcasts and/or read the transcripts. There is (so far) a single video episode, Why do we gesture when we talk?
Some recent topics:
- You heard about it but I was there – Evidentiality
- The verb is the coat rack that the rest of the sentence hangs on
- Words for family relationships: Kinship terms
- This, that and the other thing – Determiners
- Talking and thinking about time
English teachers and students of a certain age may remember The Lost Secret, a BBC Education video course from 1986.
The course is aimed at lower-level students. There are 11 episodes of 13 minutes, each focusing on particular language points.
If your first language is not English, you may use a dictionary in any examination at INTO and UEA unless it is expressly forbidden – for example, during an English language test.
It must be a translation dictionary (e.g. Chinese-English) from one of these series:
- Berlitz Compact
- Berlitz Pocket
- Collins Gem
- Collins Pocket (no longer being published)
- Langenscheidt Universal
- Oxford Pocket/Mini/Compact
It may be a good idea to buy one of these dictionaries, as you can use it throughout your time at both INTO and UEA. Prices range from about £4 to £14.
The Smithsonian Channel is a collection of short educational videos on science and other subjects. For example:
- Baby hedgehog quills don’t harden right away
- How the CIA turned the tables on Soviet industrial espionage
- Is sibling rivalry an important survival tool for lion cubs?
- The astounding length of seaweed in the Sargasso Sea
- This ingenious system brings water to the Chinese desert
- This prehistoric fish makes a great white look like a goldfish
- Why beetles are such an evolutionary success
- Why Wales is the place to see amazing Roman forts
The videos have subtitles. There are other video categories at the Smithsonian’s main Videos page.
The Age of Uncertainty is a BBC television series about the evolution of economic thought from Adam Smith onwards. It was written and presented by the post-Keynsian economist John Kenneth Galbraith and broadcast in 1977.
In response the free-market economist Milton Friedman made a TV series called Free to Choose.
Among the films and TV programmes on Netflix are some business documentaries. These ones are currently available in the UK:
- Dirty Money (series): corporate corruption from Volkwagen to Trump
- Explained (series, mostly non-business): episodes on the stock market, cryptocurrency, racial wealth gap
- Drugs Inc. (series): supply train of the illicit drugs trade
- Betting on Zero: Herbalife, a pyramid scheme
- Banking on Bitcoin: all about Bitcoin
- Saving Capitalism: former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich on capitalism in the United States
- The China Hustle: fraud involving China-based companies
- Maddman: The Steve Madden Story: rise, fall and return of a shoe business empire
- A New Capitalism: alternatives that tackle inequality
- Silicon Cowboys: start-up and rise of Compaq Computer
- Stink!: exposing toxic secrets of the chemical industry
- In Their Shoes: shoemaking trade in Agra, India
- Secrets of Selfridges: history of the department store
- Print the Legend: growth of the 3D printing industry
Learn English with Cambridge is a new YouTube channel, with videos presented by five youngish teachers.
The videos so far:
- 3 phrasal verbs to express excitement in English
- American vs. British English vocabulary differences
- Asking for and giving directions in English
- Common travel expressions in English
- Common mistakes with modal verbs in English
- Dietary requirements in English
- How are you? Common British English greetings
- How to ask someone out via text in English
- Reacting to bad news
World of Better Learning is a blog about English language teaching, from Cambridge University Press.
Posts are written by various people and divided into three categories: Insights, Techniques and Tools. There are also audio and video presentations.
Nineteen Eighty-Four is a novel by George Orwell. It was published in June 1949 – 70 years ago this month. It has been translated into numerous languages.
In the year 1984 Britain is a province of a superstate ruled by the Party. It is a society of meaningless slogans and worship of the Party leader, Big Brother. There is no privacy and dissent is punished by torture, brainwashing and death. The main character in the novel, Winston Smith, tries to rebel against the system.
The ELT Journal has been published since 1946. Until 1981 it had a section called The Question Box, which answered readers’ questions. Three examples from the earliest issues:
Question: I have recently come across fry-pan for frying-pan. Is this form considered correct?
Answer: Fry-pan is not accepted as standard English and is considered incorrect by most grammarians. It is probably an American form. Similar forms are swim-suit and fly-bomb, both to be found in newspapers in Great Britain. It is likely that such forms will spread and be accepted in time. Grammarians will explain that the correct forms are swimming suit, made up of the noun suit modified by the gerund swimming (a suit for swimming), and flying-bomb, made up of the noun bomb and the participle flying (a bomb that flies). The ordinary user of language does not trouble himself about nice distinctions between gerunds and participles. If the root form of the verb (fry, swim and fly) expresses the meaning, the gain in brevity will in time probably result in the adoption of the shorter forms.
ELT Journal (1946) ‘The Question Box’, 1(2), pp. 50-51. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/1.2.50-b
Question: Should we, in English, use Netherland or Netherlands as an attributive adjective? The bank named after the Midlands is the Midland Bank, and the regiment that derives its name from the highlands is called the Highland Light Infantry.
Answer: Usage requires the use of the plural form, as in The Netherlands Indies. For the foreign student of English it would be helpful if there were uniformity in these matters, but unfortunately there is not uniformity.
ELT Journal (1947) ‘The Question Box’, 1(7), p. 198. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/1.7.198
Question: Which is preferable: an opportunity (chance) to see you or an opportunity (chance) of seeing you ?
Answer: Both are correct and there is no preference either way.
ELT Journal (1947) ‘The Question Box’, 2(2), p. 54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/elt/II.2.50
Did you know that “winter denotes a season of the year, but connotes cold weather”?
Other sections include grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The United States Foreign Services Institute groups languages into four categories, according to the average time required for an English-speaking learner to become proficient in them. For example:
- 24 weeks: Danish, Dutch, French, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish
- 36 weeks: German, Haitian Creole, Indonesian, Malay, Swahili
- 44 weeks: Albanian, Bengali, Burmese, Czech, Farsi, Finnish, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Kazakh, Mongolian, Polish, Russian, Somali, Thai, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese (and many others)
- 88 weeks: Arabic, Cantonese, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin
Language Log has produced an alternative ranking of language difficulty, based on a survey of the blog’s readers. These are some examples. The higher the score, the harder the language (e.g. written Chinese at 5.11 is harder than Spanish at 1.7).
- Spanish 1.7
- Dutch 1.81
- Italian 1.93
- French 2.23
- English 2.45
- German 3
- Swedish 3
- Mandarin (spoken) 3.5
- Hebrew 3.75
- Japanese 4.1
- Russian 4.14
- Arabic 4.69
- Turkish 4.77
- Chinese (written) 5.11
Many Chinese students adopt English names while studying in English-speaking countries. This article in Language, Culture and Curriculum explores why.
For example, when asked “Why do you use an English name?” (multiple responses allowed), students answered as follows:
- English names are easier for teachers to remember: 71%
- English names are easier for teachers to pronounce: 60%
- My teacher expects me to have an English name: 15%
- I think it is cool to have an English name: 5%
- My classmates have English names, so I should too: 5%
- An English teacher told me I must use an English name: 5%
- Other: 5%
A few months ago Twitter had a game with the hashtag #UnscienceAnAnimal.
The idea was to compose funny labels for the anatomies of various animals. such as the scalloped hammerhead shark (pictured).
Examples of labels are wiggly bits, scary part, booper, floof, squirt hole and so on.
Source: American Scientist
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If this fools an automated scoring system, maybe it could also fool your teacher…