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Thread: Article request

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17-Jan-18, 17:00
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posted about 1 year ago
Got it! Thanks Emmaki!

Thread: Article request

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17-Jan-18, 12:13
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posted about 1 year ago
Does anyone have access to this article please?

Baratta, A. (2016) Keeping it real or selling out: The effects of accent modification on personal identity. Pragmatics and Society 7(2) pages 291 - 319. DOI:
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Thread: Help to write academically

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04-Jan-18, 11:46
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posted about 1 year ago
Quote From sunnyday93:
If you can not solve this problem on your own, you may try to use the help of special services specializing in writing. For example, when I have doubts concerning correctness and accuracy of my writing, I use Supreme Essays for a proofreading, they are able to make your writing academic as well.


No. Just no.

Thread: Help to write academically

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02-Jan-18, 12:33
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Most universities offer some kind of study skills support service, so it would be worth investigating whether there is anyone at your uni who is able to provide some advice on writing at PhD level. Another idea would be to ask your supervisors if they could recommend one or two theses which they consider to be well written. Then compare them with your own writing and try to see what the good writers are doing differently. Or if you have any colleagues whose writing has been praised by their supervisors, perhaps you could ask one of them to comment on an extract from your thesis.

I teach academic writing to post-graduate students (mostly international but also some native speakers of English) and I've never found a book that provides really good advice on writing well. However, if all the suggestions above turn out to be no use, I can try to suggest a couple of not-too-awful books. It would help to know what field you are in. PM me if you like.

Thread: Final year Thesis related problem

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31-Oct-17, 14:07
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If the English in this post is any indication of the quality of work produced by these people, then the only 'extra ordinary' thing about the grade on any assignment that they write is likely to be how low it is!

Thread: Viva on Friday

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10-Nov-16, 09:41
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posted about 3 years ago
Good luck GrumpyMule! You sound very well prepared. I can't think of anything I would add to your list. I completely understand your terror. I had a nightmare about the viva the day I submitted my abstract to a potential external examiner and I think fear is causing me to delay completing my thesis. Let us know the outcome!

Thread: Supporting PhD student

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03-Oct-16, 19:01
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One thing my supervisor did in the early stages was to get me to write a critique of a key article in my field, one that had been influential in my initial thinking about my research project. I think she just asked for 1000 words at first and then I gradually expanded it until it became my lit review for my upgrade. It helped to have something small and specific to focus on and I guess it was also useful for her to have something to work with in supervision meetings.

Thread: viva preparation

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16-Sep-16, 11:19
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If you're in the UK, try googling 'PhD viva questions'. There is plenty of advice out there about the types of questions that examiners commonly ask, but you can never be absolutely certain about what will come up.

Thread: Article help please!

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20-Jul-16, 15:28
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According to my uni's library catalogue, I should have access to it, but I can't open it at home. I'll try next time I'm on campus.

Thread: Language testing research participants

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29-Jun-16, 13:00
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Language test examiners usually have years of training and experience as language teachers, they will probably have received training on the specific test they are assessing, and they will almost certainly be basing their judgements on a comprehensive set of written criteria. In order to research how these people make decisions in language tests, you are planning to get random individuals with no training or experience to score speaking tests. Interesting.

Thread: How did you come up with your title?

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16-May-16, 14:14
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I began by making a list of the key concepts in my thesis. Then I considered how I could use my title to convey my most interesting findings and link my work to the academic field I want to move into after my PhD. Finally, I combined these elements into 4 or 5 different titles and discussed them with a few colleagues and my supervisor. I have no idea what kind of titles are 'in' (probably depends on your field), but I noticed it's very common to have titles consisting of two parts divided by a colon, so my title also has a colon. I'm very happy with my final choice :-)

Thread: To our knowledge?

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19-Jan-16, 12:30
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You can use words like 'may', 'might', 'could', 'possibly', 'seem', 'appear' etc. to indicate uncertainty. These are all common in academic writing. The phrase 'to my knowledge' suggests that your claim is not really based on any evidence and that you are too lazy to seek out evidence to support it.

Thread: "Parliamentary History" Journal

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19-Aug-15, 15:38
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Hi Eds, really sorry but it's only available from 1997. I think I can access earlier volumes via a different institution but I can't remember my password and the only way to reset it is to go to the IT helpdesk in the library. I need to do it anyway but it won't be today. If no one else can help with this I'll try later in the week.

Thread: "Parliamentary History" Journal

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19-Aug-15, 15:17
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posted about 4 years ago
I have access. What do you need?

Thread: HE Teaching (PT) vs Admin job (FT) - more valuable?

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22-Jul-15, 11:29
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posted about 4 years ago
One of the reasons why it is so hard to get a permanent academic job is that when jobs are advertised there is probably at least one lecturer already working in the department on a short term contract who will apply for that permanent post. If that person is doing a good job and fulfils all the criteria in the job description, they stand a better chance of getting the job than someone from outside. I work in a university, I was in that position once (my boss said he would threaten to resign if the panel didn't give the job to me), and I have seen it happen a lot. Also, if you are working as a lecturer you will make better contacts and are more likely to hear about other relevant work than if you are working in an admin department. The longer you are out of academic work, the harder it is to get back in. It's much easier to make the transition the other way into admin work if you decide your chances of getting a full time academic contract are just too low.
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