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Is The Academic Life The Life For Me? (or: What Do You Do With a BA In English, Part XVII)

I think I want to become an English professor. How would I go about it? [more inside]
posted by SansPoint on May 9, 2011 - 63 answers

What do you think?

I am not English and am trying to understand if The Economist's Osama Bin Laden obituary should be read as serious and humanizing or tongue-in-cheek humorous. [more inside]
posted by beisny on May 7, 2011 - 20 answers

Which teaching abroad scheme should I choose? And... how?

So I graduated last year and have been working in sales since then. I'm very intrigued by the concept of teaching english abroad, as I've had some great experiences teaching children before, but am overwhelmed by the amount of different schemes and companies. I have never really travelled before, and I know this may be seen as a big step, but I have this uncontrollable itch to just go for it while I am young and relatively free. I'm really looking for any and all advice from you guys - anyone who's done it, anyone who's considered it, anyone at all! Ideally, I am looking for a half-year placement, with a UK-based TEFL company (although it seems that many companies don't care where you are from). Having said that, I could be swayed by a year-long course. I am very excited by i-to-i, and heard about this through a recommendation. However, as I say, I feel a little like I am stabbing in the dark. I have read with much interest some previous questions, and have heard mention of Dave's ESL cafe, but this seems to be mostly aimed towards the USA. [more inside]
posted by jhighmore on May 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Reading on Research in the Digital Age

Summer short course filter: Fun readings on the internet, the future, and research in the digital age for high school teachers. Help a librarian plan a syllabus! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Taxonomy or list of English grammatical constructs?

Taxonomy (or just a list) of English grammatical constructs suitable for use as a checklist for a second language learner? [more inside]
posted by amtho on Apr 26, 2011 - 11 answers

Show, don't tell!

Tutoring two 2nd-grade students in writing more creatively. I'm a creative writing grad student, so no sweat right? Wrong. Their first language isn't English. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Apr 19, 2011 - 10 answers

Where did "as all get-out" come from?

IdiomFilter: What is the origin of the phrase "as all get-out"? [more inside]
posted by nzero on Apr 19, 2011 - 5 answers

Getting off the advanced plateau

Given 4 months of free time, how can an advanced English learner take the biggest step toward full fluency? [more inside]
posted by mshrike on Apr 18, 2011 - 11 answers

Help Us Design a CS + English Puzzle

My friends, a software engineer and a novelist, are getting married. I want to give them a puzzle to solve as a wedding gift that requires the use of both their skills. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

How to improve my writing?

Do you know of a free website, or good book, that will help me write better? [more inside]
posted by learninguntilidie on Apr 15, 2011 - 15 answers

Polish Fallout 3

So yesterday I bought a used copy of Fallout 3 for the xbox 360 at my local Gamestop. Turned out it was a Polish version. Anyone know if it's possible to change the default Polish text and dialogue to English?
posted by Dumsnill on Apr 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Ivory Tower to Silver Screen

Who are some film directors, screenwriters, and TV showrunners who went to grad school in the humanities, or taught in humanities departments before going into show business? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Apr 7, 2011 - 16 answers

TEFL in Lithuania?

Advice on teaching English in Lithuania? [more inside]
posted by KMH on Apr 6, 2011 - 2 answers

English Panic

I'm a native speaker of English and I feel like my poor English grammar is degrading me. [more inside]
posted by sanskrtam on Apr 3, 2011 - 25 answers

What are the proper words for these definitions?

Is there a proper English word for this situation / definition? [more inside]
posted by Peter Petridish on Mar 20, 2011 - 16 answers

lost in translation

How can I begin getting low-key freelance work in French --> English translation? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Mar 16, 2011 - 13 answers

Spanish/English Book/Audiobook for retured literature-lover

Foreign Literature filter: Non-depressing but non-dumb novel/other literature in written English, written Spanish and Audiobook (either/both languages). [more inside]
posted by lalochezia on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

Alluva sudden, it clicked!

[English] language mavens: I need a word that falls between tactile and kinesthetic, that describes an interesting physical sensation like the click of those little toy jumping discs. [more inside]
posted by spacewrench on Mar 4, 2011 - 20 answers

Help Me Relocate Essay on Overly Formal Language

In Comp I we read an essay about the use of overly formal language... [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Mar 1, 2011 - 4 answers

English Novel Study

What is a great pre-1980's novel to read and write about for English class? [more inside]
posted by Dmac_rocker on Feb 16, 2011 - 38 answers

Etymology of "once and for all"?

What's the etymology of the phrase "once and for all"? What's the earliest known attestation?
posted by topynate on Feb 11, 2011 - 5 answers

How do I know which sources to cite for a book I'm writing?

I’m in the process of writing an English education book, and I’m going to be using a lot of information: maps, lists, etc. I need to know how I should cite my sources. [more inside]
posted by eggrollover on Feb 10, 2011 - 5 answers

Comma usage in a subject/verb/object sentence.

Why is the sentence "Let's read, Freedom by Jonathan Franzen." incorrectly punctuated? [more inside]
posted by rinosaur on Feb 9, 2011 - 35 answers

Give me apps for AP.

What can a high school AP English teacher use an iPad for in the classroom? [more inside]
posted by po822000 on Feb 8, 2011 - 13 answers

Asked by a fellow teacher, hasn't got a clue.

In need of help with grammar, again. [more inside]
posted by Ghidorah on Feb 7, 2011 - 21 answers

Do things get spoilt?

Is "gets spoilt" proper English? [more inside]
posted by pick_the_flowers on Feb 4, 2011 - 18 answers

Looking for a traditional canon-focused English MA-- does it exist?

What is the best English MA grad school that focuses on literary forms and content, and literary canon? Secondarily, a PhD program that has a 'hidden' MA possible in this area? [more inside]
posted by reenka on Jan 21, 2011 - 14 answers

Are there more people who speak or understand English or Chinese?

How many people on the planet speak or understand English? [more inside]
posted by Grither on Jan 20, 2011 - 5 answers

What is the most effective technique for making oneself understood by non-native English speakers?

I only speak English and I live in a country where much of the English spoken is devoid of plurals and tenses and has a very limited vocabulary. In order to communicate most effectively, would I be better off speaking in technically correct sentences or simplifying my speech similarly? [more inside]
posted by m1ndsurfer on Jan 17, 2011 - 20 answers

Help a novice English professor effectively teach essay writing and analysis!

Looking for group exercises, videos, exciting material to teach easily-distracted college students the building blocks of essay-writing and analysis. [more inside]
posted by ilana on Jan 15, 2011 - 2 answers

Poetry inquiry

Can't remember a poem about drowning, and I think it has a mention of a "piston". Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by asymptotic on Jan 12, 2011 - 6 answers

No, commas are not added like salt and pepper (to taste)

I'm teaching a humanities course at an open-admission college. The students are extremely poor writers, and have almost zero knowledge of English grammar. This semester, I want to help them avoid comma splices, since that's one of the top three issues I see in their papers (spelling errors and sentence fragments being the other two). Can you help me design a lesson/activity to help them? [more inside]
posted by philosophygeek on Jan 11, 2011 - 16 answers

What are objective pronouns used with - direct or indirect objects?

When a sentence uses more than one object, how are objective pronouns used with them? Common sense would say that they are only relevant to the direct object, but what if I want to refer to the indirect object? Hardcore grammar-mining ahead! [more inside]
posted by Senza Volto on Jan 8, 2011 - 21 answers

Do any graduate programs emphasize writing while teaching English grammar, literature, and Latin?

Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nebula on Jan 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Help me find this word!

A friend is searching for "a word that describes the state of knowing something but being unable to express it". Not by physical defect or injury, but like being tongue-tied. He's looking for one word only.
posted by jeffrygardner on Jan 2, 2011 - 26 answers

Translation party!

I need help translating an email from German to English. [more inside]
posted by Lemurrhea on Dec 19, 2010 - 4 answers

Do all nouns have a plural form?

English language filter: Do all nouns have a plural form? If not what is an example of a noun with no plural form?
posted by West of House on Dec 16, 2010 - 46 answers

What are the rules governing English word-substitution into South Asian news broadcasts?

What are the rules governing English word-substitution into South Asian news broadcasts (ex: this S. Tendulkar interview)? Why is it done, when is it done, and what does it connote? [more inside]
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Dec 13, 2010 - 7 answers

What is the plural of "Batman"?

What is the plural of "Batman"? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Dec 9, 2010 - 60 answers

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it?

How would I listen to Wordsworth's poetry like Wordsworth would have recited it? [more inside]
posted by curuinor on Nov 25, 2010 - 12 answers

Suggest a good TV series for learning English

Can you suggest a good television series (preferably with available English subtitles) for people learning English? [more inside]
posted by rhombus on Nov 23, 2010 - 13 answers

Need help translating a letter from French to English.

Need help translating a letter from French to English. [more inside]
posted by chos on Nov 20, 2010 - 6 answers

How do you write an argument for AP English Literature?

How do you go about the thought process to make an argument (as opposed to a theme, statement, or observation) about a work of literature for AP English Literature? [more inside]
posted by elaine on Nov 20, 2010 - 3 answers

Similarities between two different things?

Give me an idea of two very different things, that I could show similarities between -- that relate to me. [more inside]
posted by ptsampras14 on Nov 16, 2010 - 11 answers

Being better in teaching

I want to make this short and excuse my uneasy temperment. I'm in Korea teaching English. Teaching for almost a month to be exact. No background in teaching nor attending a seminar for ESL teaching. It's very hard since I'm doing this in the middle of the last school semester. I don't know what to do to be honest. I speak Korean and this is a menace. They have huge expectations about me as I can speak both languages. I need to improve my teaching skills overall ASAP. But what to do?
posted by sanskrtam on Nov 15, 2010 - 29 answers

Does anybody say "palaver"?

Have you ever heard the word "palaver" in actual use in English to describe a group discussion? What other English synonyms are there for a workplace group discussion? [more inside]
posted by keijo on Nov 13, 2010 - 40 answers

How do I find a personal Spanish tutor in Tegucigalpa?

Looking for a Spanish tutor to help me polish my skills while I'm in Tegucigalpa, Honduras for a month (Feb-Mar '11) - do you know such a person? Do you know a better way? [more inside]
posted by stuboo on Nov 10, 2010 - 3 answers

Los Animaniacs?

Help me refresh my Spanish at the same time that my 8 month old acquires it. Where can we watch Spanish-language cartoons online? [more inside]
posted by 256 on Nov 9, 2010 - 7 answers

How do I find English as a Second Language Funding for an African University?

I am a volunteer for an organization building a nonprofit university in Angola. I am tasked with finding funding for English as a Second Language education--all students who do not speak English will take year long intensive course in English. I'm looking for whatever help I can get in finding funds. [more inside]
posted by wires on Nov 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Help me identify this website

I'm trying to remember the name/address of a funny website I used to visit perhaps 8-10 years ago or so. It was a humor site from out of England I think, presented in kind of a newspaper 'broadsheet' format, and had a distinctly anachronistic writing style, which I remembering being kind of Edwardian/P.G. Wodehouse-ish. [more inside]
posted by pziemba on Oct 28, 2010 - 5 answers

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