By Michael Williams | 25 July 2014

Guiding the listener through what you are saying is a skill which is often lost in a second language. Sometimes it seems that when I listen to students in class, they are so focussed on their...

By David Abbott | 21 July 2014

Apologies for a pause since my last posting – I’m currently juggling – trying to practice what I am preaching and write up a dissertation. This week here are some thoughts...

By Kenneth O'Connor | 16 July 2014

As an American I am quite interested in The Proms because we do not really have anything like it. The Proms (or officially known as The BBC Proms, or The Henry Wood Promenade Concerts presented...

By David Abbott | 03 July 2014

Today, just a few random thoughts... Firstly, do you ever want a nice simple guide to style ? Do you need to work out whether, for example, if you are writing about British politics, is it...

By David Abbott | 30 June 2014

Here are just a few, rather random thoughts about the irritating business of referencing. I am trying to write a fairly long academic document at the moment (20,000 words). I find that having to...

By Clare Henderson | 23 June 2014

Cast your mind back to 2010 and the World Cup in South Africa, where the “beautiful game” was drowned out by the not-so-beautiful noise of the vuvuzela . This brightly-coloured...

By David Abbott | 19 June 2014

I’m not quite following on exactly from what I wrote last time ( Michael Billig: Learn to write badly ), because I was reading a new book – new to me – on essay writing. I found...

By Tina Bollerslev | 17 June 2014

A London Secret: Soak up the Tranquility of Hampstead Heath It’s London . It’s summer. Like thousands of others, you’ve come to see the sights and enjoy the hustle and...

By Jim Carmichael | 12 June 2014

The first game of the World Cup kicks off this evening with the match between Brazil (the host nation) and Croatia. All those interested in football are speculating and predicting who will...

By David Abbott | 09 June 2014

It is worth thinking about the idea that although we are often encouraged to look up to academic writers, they are in fact, not always good models. Remember this when you are struggling to...

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