I wasn’t able to post here during the holidays, but I was somewhat active on Twitter. Here are a few links that I shared that may be of interest to you, rewritten a bit for context and easier clicking.
- This is part of how I use Wikipedia (and part of why the kneejerk brainwashing of students against it is wrong):
- You heard about the possible closure of Delicious by Yahoo and then the backpedaling, right? You’d better read this on Yahoo’s “Delicious isn’t dead” statement (basically, the Delicious team was laid off, so plan ahead. The worst part is that either the service will degrade or everyone will scatter to a different service. And I DO NOT LIKE Diigo and its toolbars and disguised links. Hat-tip to @immlass). http://pinboard.in/ (run by some of Delicious’ original people, I think) is on my radar (one-time low fee, like Metafilter.com) to replace Delicious if needed, as is http://xmarks.com. Pinboard connects to Twitter, Instapaper, & Google Reader, so it may be worth $10 (1-time, not/year). Not to mention that actually having a tiny fee may keep it alive and answerable to its users–remember paying for stuff that you liked and valued?
- Best & dumbest language stories of 2010, by @emckean (hat-tip to Languagehat
- “Beyond single words: the most frequent collocations in spoken English” (Shin & Nation, ELTJ) (excellent and useful)
- The eikaiwa year in review from Let’s Japan
- David Crystal on the Google N-Gram corpus search (also see comments)
- Can’t believe the wealth of resources at @OER_center‘s http://oerconsortium.org/ ! Open-access textbook central!
- Interview with Cambridge editor P. Prowse, author of my favorite graded readers, by @JezUden — highly recommended!
- Possibly helpful for teachers in Korea: “Korean for Classroom Management” at Korean Study Room