Wednesday, 6th October

1. It’s taken them a while, but the UK government is now legislating against ‘essay mills’  I’ve no idea how easy they’ll be to get rid of, as they can operate from wherever round the world they want to, and they seem to have no shortage of customers!

2. The next run of the British Council Language Assessment in the Classroom course on FutureLearn starts on Monday, 18th October Aimed at language teachers in secondary or high schools around the world, and anyone interested in understanding how language assessment works. Free – unless you want a certificate – and has previously been very popular.

3. University College London’s autumn series of applied linguistics ‘research events’ starts a week today, Wednesday 13th October at 10:00 UK time with Gregory Hadley from Niigata University in Japan talking on Using Grounded Theory in Applied Linguistics Research.

More info, talk abstracts and registration all on this page

I need to find out what (a) ‘grounded theory’ is – help, Jim!

4. We all suffered from this week’s phobia, ablutophobia, when we were little, didn’t we?

5. And, finally, this one chimed with me, or rather the ten-year-old, still ablutophobic scholarship boy from the North of England version of me who went to a posh school in Kent. It took me a while to make all my fellow pupils see sense!

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