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 1. An interactive critique of Parkinson J and Adendorff RD (2004). The use of popular science articles in teaching scientific literacy. (English for Specific Purposes 23(4):379-396)

    First Published 27 May 2009. Minor changes 11 December 2009

    To avoid talking in the abstract I have chosen an article in the flagship journal of ESP, which is readily available free of charge online. I have interacted with it and showed up some of the absurdities of taking a Constructivist position. En route I many times criticise the authors for making sweeping statements - unjustified generalisations. In other words, the authors repeatedly fail to address the question of validity. I also present a more detailed and nuanced continuum from Ultra-specialised texts to the most popular texts.

                                  File: parkinson.pdf


2. Detailed commentary on a constructivist article: class discussion notes.      First published 7 January 2010

    I was tired of just teaching about constructivism. My classes needed to engage with some content so that they would see that I was not inventing what I was teaching, and so that they would engage with a text. So I took short extracts from Parkinson & Adendorff (2004). I provide my commentary.

                                  File: parkinsoncommentary.pdf


3. Identifying technical vocabulary. An assessment of the views of

    TM Chung and P Nation (2003, 2004). First draft. Published 5 January 2010

   Chung and Nation provide a four step scale for identifying technical words. I heavily criticise this scale because it adds to the existing confusion and fails to provide a solution.  In addition, despite the professional expertise of Cheng she has misunderstood some basic biology.                  File: chung-nation.pdf



4. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition 2009. First published 2 July 2010


   The world famous guide is fully evaluated, and applied to theses in linguistics. Yes, I will be recommending it to my students, and I will be expecting my doctoral students to work through the study guide and tests, but only with the heavy qualifications detailed in this review.

                                File: apa-manual-review.pdf


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