Archive for the ‘Language in education’ Category

Books from Stanford

February 13, 2017

Recent books from Stanford-connected authors, some my colleagues, some my former students (so I have warm feelings). Two in sociolinguistics / educational linguistics, one on the (gasp) morphosyntax-phonology interface.


Watch your words

October 18, 2013

Two recent news stories on word use, one from a South London school and one from Malaysia.


learning analytics

May 4, 2012

In my Palo Alto neighborhood, tech companies spring up (and, often, disappear) frequently. Not too long ago, Junyo appeared around the corner from my house, and now the sign on the door has been expanded to

Junyo Learning Analytics

Ah, learning analytics is a technical term, one that I hadn’t encountered before. It’s a N + N compound glossable as ‘analytics having to do with learning’. So that drives things back to analytics.


Annals of avoidance

March 29, 2012

Words of One Syllable Department. From David Barnhart on ADS-L, this link to a CNN story by Brian Vitagliano:

New York city schools want to ban ‘loaded words’ from tests

New York (CNN) – Divorce. Dinosaurs, Birthdays. Religion. Halloween. Christmas. Television. These are a few of the 50-plus words and references the New York City Department of Education is hoping to ban from the city’s standardized tests.


The Regents exam

February 8, 2012

Michael Winerip in Monday’s New York Times:

Despite Focus on Data, Standards for Diploma May Still Lack Rigor

The next time people try to tell you how much the data-driven education reform programs of President George W. Bush (No Child Left Behind) and President Obama (Race to the Top) have raised academic standards in America, suggest that they take a look at the Jan. 24, 2012, New York State English Regents exam.