Author: Alison

Glug glug

Glug glug

Glug glug glug. Blog May 2018. The following post is sent from out of the dark and lonely, endless depths of evaluating and examining, that are seemingly synonymous with the month of May (and June?) in the French university system and into which I have sunk and am muckily enmired in. Coming up for air.…

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Creative Blogging Course

Creative Blogging Course

  The second-year undergraduate on-line course for Paul-Valéry is drawing to a close over the next couple of weeks and I would like to share the links for the blogs that the students have created and are in the process of working on. Some of them really are fabulous and all of them are proof…

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Obituary Writing

Obituary Writing

Obituary writing, a very particular form of creative writing, whilst based on facts, is as far from a straightforward biography, even a potted one, as Perrier is from Dom Pérignon. There is no pretence of comprehensiveness. Rather, facts and dates, rumours and stories are cunningly chosen and woven together to create a portrait of the…

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Creative Students, Creative Blogging

Creative Students, Creative Blogging

Exciting, creative times. The on-line, distance second semester course for second-year LANSAD  undergraduates at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, has just opened in the last couple of weeks (for more information concerning the course see previous post Autonomy, Creativity and Blogging) and I’d like to share with you how it’s been going. T After having a…

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Creative Feedback

Creative Feedback

Time-consuming? Mind-numbing? Soul-destroying? Having spent too many hours marking this last holiday I’ve been thinking hard about the sort of feedback teachers give or enable and how useful it may or may not be.  Whilst it is now widely agreed that feedback is crucial in second-language learning, there is less agreement concerning what sort of…

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