The Culture of Plagarism

Undoubtedly, there is a plague of plagarism.

In our day and age of internet and searchable data it is almost impossible to plagarize and not get caught.

The short of it is don’t plagarize if you are an academic of any worth.

Zen and (the Art of) English Language Teaching

I will be giving a talk at the Hiroshima JET Orientation on 15 August 2012 entitled Zen and (the Art of) English Language Teaching. It will be about what we can learn from Zen and apply it to teaching English on the JET Programme, in which I was had been a participant.

Before I was an English teacher I had been lay monk in Japan. I thought it would be interesting to talk about what I had learned from Zen, one of Japan’s best known cultural exports, and apply these lessons to ESL.

Blog revamp

I have changed the title of the blog to my name – Warren M Tang – and upgraded the blog design to reflect the new direction this blog is heading.

While the blog originally was about corpus linguistics only, I have personally moved on to other areas, and so a more generic title is necessary. With the new title and new look I can now do more in other areas.

I will move away from focusing on just corpus linguistic tutorials and concentrate on making this blog more useful as an information and resource site for corpus linguists, cognitive linguists and English as a Second Language researchers.

Download AntConc

A copy of AntConc (Laurence Anthony’s excellent corpus linguistic program) can be obtained from:

http://www.antlab.sci.waseda.ac.jp/antconc_index.html.

[Update] And here is my short tutorial on how to use it.

Introduction of elite language education at Tokyo University

It’s about time such a program was introduced anywhere in Japan.

Tokyo University will start streaming some students into an elite language program to groom future global leaders (13 July 2012, Daily Yomiuri).

Although many unversities in Japan have something similar running nothing with such vision and aim is available.

Tertiary institutions have to take the lead in this way to ensure their country’s and people’s future.