Thesis: Submitted

-+*I submitted my PhD thesis for examination this week. “Congratulations! / That’s exciting! / It must feel good to have that done.” is the normal response from everyone, but I honestly don’t feel any different. Technically I am not completely done with the thesis because Australia does not have the same system of oral defense […]

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Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia & NZ Conference in Adelaide 2015

-+*The 2015 combined conference of the Applied Linguistics Associations of Australia and New Zealand (ALAA and ALANZ) – together with the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand (ALTAANZ) – will be held November 30 to December 2 in Adelaide, Australia. The Research Centre for Languages and Cultures at the University […]

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Plans for 2015

-+*Happy 2015 all! Bonne année ! Buon anno! Feliz año nuevo! Feliz ano novo! Frohes neues Jahr! Gelukkig nieuwjaar! Gelukkige nuwe jaar! Gott nytt år! 2015 is the year I submit my thesis, hopefully have the right to put Dr. before my name, and maybe find a permanent job (fingers crossed!). If you hear of […]

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AILA World Congress 2014: International Applied Linguistics Association Conference

-+*I was in Brisbane all last week for the AILA 2014 World Congress, the largest conference for applied linguistics in the world. It is held every three years and I had just missed out on the Beijing conference in 2011 by one month when I first started my PhD. I presented my research on stylistic […]

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The end of my PhD is near, so what’s next?

-+*I have just finished writing the last chapter of data analysis for my thesis. Now I need to write the conclusion and abstract, update my literature review, and do some final revisions then the printing and binding of four copies. Technically I have until March 2015 to submit, so if I haven’t managed to find […]

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Applied Linguistics, CALL and French Conferences in 2014 and Beyond

-+*Upcoming conferences on applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning/teaching with technology, general language teaching & learning or French studies:   Applied Linguistics / Materials Design Organization Dates Abstracts due Location American Association of Applied Linguistics (AAAL) March 22-25, 2014 closed Marriott Downtown in Portland, Oregon Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics (CAAL / ACLA) May 26-28, 2014 […]

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Applied Linguistics Conference in New Zealand

-+*I’m off to New Zealand in two weeks to present at the Applied Linguistics Association of New Zealand / Applied Linguistics Association of Australia conference in Wellington. My presentation is “Formality and Francophonie: Stylistic and geographic variation in university textbooks of French” (Spoiler alert: there isn’t much.) The conference is November 27-29 at Victoria University […]

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Conferences for Applied Linguistics, CALL, Language Teaching & Learning and French

-+*If you’re interested in attending or presenting at conferences on applied linguistics, computer-assisted language learning, modern/foreign languages or French studies, here are some upcoming conferences. You still have time to submit abstracts for some of them. I plan on being in Wellington this November for the ALAA/ALANZ conference and Brisbane next August for the AILA […]

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Do some academics look down on other academics as well as non-academics?

-+*A recent post on The Thesis Whisperer, a blog designed to help research students in Australia, has been quite popular this past month. The title? Academic assholes and the circle of niceness Luckily, I have not personally experienced any aggressive or arrogant behavior at the universities I have attended in the US or Australia. My […]

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Non-Linguists, Please Stop Trying to Do or Talk About Linguistics Without the Help of Actual Linguists

-+*Ben Zimmer has a wonderful article on “When physicists do linguistics” over at the Boston Globe, which can perhaps be best summarized by this comic from xkcd: Joking aside, I am happy that other disciplines have an interest in language – however, I hate when other disciplines try to do linguistic research and fail because […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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