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Beasts Of The Southern Wild And Indigenous Communities In The Age Of The Sixth Extinction, Brianna R. Burke Jan 2019

Beasts Of The Southern Wild And Indigenous Communities In The Age Of The Sixth Extinction, Brianna R. Burke

English Publications

Island Road in Louisiana seems to lead to nowhere. An hour and forty minutes southwest of New Orleans, deep in the bayou, Island Road was built on marshlands in 1953, but in the sixty years since, those have melted into the sea. Now hemmed in by water on both sides, for portions of the year Island Road is flooded and impassable, and it dead- ends into the Gulf of Mexico; not much to see and no reason to go out there, or so some folks might think. In fact, many think it is “irresponsible” to live in such a place ...


Innovative Implementation Of A Web-Based Rating System For Individualizing Online English Speaking Instruction, Hyejin Yang, Elena Cotos Feb 2018

Innovative Implementation Of A Web-Based Rating System For Individualizing Online English Speaking Instruction, Hyejin Yang, Elena Cotos

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The primary goal of computer-assisted language learning (CALL) in general, and of online language instruction in particular, is to create and evaluate language learning opportunities. To be effective, online language courses need to be guided by an integrated set of theoretical perspectives to second language acquisition (SLA), as well as by specific curricular goals, learning objectives and outcomes, appropriate tasks and necessary materials, and learners’ characteristics and abilities – to name a few factors that are essential in both online and face-to-face teaching (Xu & Morris, 2007). Doughty and Long (2003) articulate pedagogical principles for computer-enhanced language teaching, which highlight the importance ...


“My Excellent College Entrance Examination Achievement” — Noun Phrase Use Of Chinese Efl Students’ Writing, Sue Wang, Gulbahar H. Beckett Jan 2017

“My Excellent College Entrance Examination Achievement” — Noun Phrase Use Of Chinese Efl Students’ Writing, Sue Wang, Gulbahar H. Beckett

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—Previous studies have shown that phrasal structure, particularly complex noun phrases with phrasal modifiers, is a feature of advanced academic writing. Therefore, it would be important for those who plan to pursue further studies to learn to write in the way that is appropriate for academic writing. Using the manual annotation function of UAM corpus tool, this study compared the noun phrase use of Chinese EFL students’ writing with that of proficient language users. This study also discussed the significant differences found between these two groups in terms of noun phrase use and their implications for EFL/ ESL writing instruction.


When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

When The Band Broke Up, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Randy took off with the PA. Al got the 24-channel mixing board. The strobe lights, flash pots, pars, cams, and spotlights went to Greg. Mike got the power amps, EQs, and drum risers. And I came into possession of a 74-passenger school bus. Chromium yellow with shiny reflectors flashing red and yellow on the roof like crazy eyeballs. Super-wide side mirrors mounted on the hood...


Whiskers Meditations, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

Whiskers Meditations, Debra Marquart

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When I told my fiance's mother about my persistent, recurring whisker-lower right, underside of my chin-she smiled sideways, said, "Be glad it's only one."


Quake, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

Quake, Debra Marquart

English Publications

beyond the groundwater contamination

now earthquakes in colorado, arkansas

the swath of states between alabama and montana


The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart Jan 2016

The Microphone Eroctic, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Tired of not being heard in a crowd? Tired of your hellos and excuse mes getting lost in great waves of small talk? Want to be heard above the roar of social chatter when you step up to sing? Well, let me introduce you to the high-performance Electro-Voice PL-80 dynamic supercardioid microphone...


The Hunger Games Are Playing On Loop— And I Am Tired Of Watching, Brianna R. Burke Dec 2015

The Hunger Games Are Playing On Loop— And I Am Tired Of Watching, Brianna R. Burke

English Publications

Say you wanted to take over the world—how would you do it? Let’s agree it looks much like the world we live in today, where some countries hold inordinate power over the lives of people in others; where global systematic racism, the shameful legacy of colonization and imperialism, has contrived to keep many humans poor and struggling. Now, let’s add climate change to that picture. How would you take over the world as landmasses slip underwater due to rising ocean levels, storms become more and more destructive, droughts decimate the agricultural stability of multiple countries (like in ...


I Am A Midwestern Winter, Meg Johnson Jun 2015

I Am A Midwestern Winter, Meg Johnson

English Publications

I have a collection of space heaters. / My hair was expected to be black [...]


Five Poems, Meg Johnson May 2015

Five Poems, Meg Johnson

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Five poems by Meg Johnson: Unswerving; Your vulva needs a shout-out; No one; Father of the bride; and I'm a Beast.


Steroid Use, Meg Johnson Apr 2015

Steroid Use, Meg Johnson

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For illness, not ambition / though it's hard to remember ...


Cast Off / American Artist, Meg Johnson Apr 2015

Cast Off / American Artist, Meg Johnson

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Queen of the cast off / you reign over the only two [...]


Extended, Meg Johnson Apr 2015

Extended, Meg Johnson

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A female deer is generally alone through / most of the year...


This Is Classy Because I Say So, Meg Johnson Jan 2015

This Is Classy Because I Say So, Meg Johnson

English Publications

I am staying at a house with a screened-in back porch. [...]


Dylan's Lost Years, Debra Marquart Jan 2015

Dylan's Lost Years, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Somewhere between Hibbing

and New York, the red rust streets

of the iron range and the shipping yards

of the Atlantic, somewhere between...


Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart Jan 2015

Tell It Cool: On Restraint In Writing, Debra Marquart

English Publications

For years, I've encouraged students to "tell it cool" when narrating a tale that is harrowing or emotional. A cool narrator can be a buoy in rough waters. I've always thought this advice came from Hemingway, but at this moment as I search my bookshelves for the place where Hemingway said it, I can't put my finger on the quote. I know it's in there somewhere, likely in one of the letters (bossy letters full of unsolicited advice and signed "Papa" when friends were just writing to ask for money)...


Bat, Bat, Purse, Meg Johnson Jan 2015

Bat, Bat, Purse, Meg Johnson

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My brother found a dead bat / in his dryer and did nothing. [...]


Competing Concepts Of Culture: Irish Art At The 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Claire A. Culleton Jan 2014

Competing Concepts Of Culture: Irish Art At The 1924 Paris Olympic Games, Claire A. Culleton

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Art Competitions formed part of the modern Olympic Games during its early years. From 1912-1948, art contests were featured in Summer Games in Stockholm (1912), Antwerp (1920), Paris (1924), Amsterdam (1928), Los Angeles (1932), Berlin (1936) and London (1948), where artists competed for medals in the categories of painting, architecture, literature, music, and sculpting. Ireland competed in four of those summer games, and a total of thirty-one Irish artists (twenty-one men/ten women, most of them members of the Royal Hibernian Academy or the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art) participated in nine separate art contests and submitted forty-three works for ...


Traveling With Guitar, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Traveling With Guitar, Debra Marquart

English Publications

For you can travel with a screaming red rolling bag

and float unnoticed on conveyors, through terminals

or you can lug half a moose rack from Maine

to Minnesota, carry it like a broken wing through airports


Lament, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Lament, Debra Marquart

English Publications

north dakota i'm worried about you

the companies you keep all these new friends north dakota

beyond the boom, beyond the precious resources

do you think they care what becomes of you


Wild Thyme, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Wild Thyme, Debra Marquart

English Publications

I took the photographs as the other poets

fell backwards into wild thyme, too worried

about appearing the tourist or ruining my clothes...


Not All There, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Not All There, Debra Marquart

English Publications

A

few years ago, my friend Jordan, a writer and park ranger in northern California, decided to take a month long trip to Grand Teton National Park to do some research for a book. He had worked for the park service twenty years earlier in the Tetons, so the trip was part research, part reverie, and part mournful return to the rougher mountains of his youth. He was one of those people who competed in and won biathlons-the Olympic winter sport where you ski, then shoot with a rifle, then ski some more. He liked to claim you could drop ...


Carte Blanche, Debra Marquart Jan 2014

Carte Blanche, Debra Marquart

English Publications

As we were packing up the Chevy with my things for col lege, Father handed me a checkbook from the Stock Growers Bank. It looked odd and official in his hands-legal, even-and nothing like the buckets of milk or the hay bales or any of the other things of agricultural that I usually saw him carrying around. Inside the plastic navy blue cover, tucked into the crease, was a stack of bound checks with my name on them...


Couples Traveling, Debra Marquart Jul 2013

Couples Traveling, Debra Marquart

English Publications

WORSE THAN TRAVELING alone is to be stranded in security

behind couples, especially old traveling couples, now jacket

and vestless as they fuss shoeless in stocking feet, tum belts,

wallets in their hands as if newly invented things. Torture...


Door To Door, Debra Marquart Mar 2013

Door To Door, Debra Marquart

English Publications

WITHIN MINUTES WE were in the bedroom.

I know this sounds bad.

Worse still to admit I'd said, Sure,

come on over, when the man

called to inform me I was the lucky winner

of a ten-piece set of cutlery...


China: 5,000 Years, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

China: 5,000 Years, Debra Marquart

English Publications

not the jade ornament of a pig-dragon or the lamp in the shape of goose holding a fish

not the bronze buckle ornament of a dancer with cymbals

or the nephrite jade carving of a winged horse

all from the second century B.C.E.


News Flash, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

News Flash, Debra Marquart

English Publications

One cape yellow diamond, octahedron-shaped, 235 carats,

was found in the Schmidstdrift mine, an alluvial riverbed

outwash near Kimbereley, South Africa by a three-week-old

start up company named Nare Diamonds Limited who re-opened...


Poor You, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

Poor You, Debra Marquart

English Publications

Back when we were still together, it seemed

my ex-boyfriend could never lose anything.

Car keys, dollar bills, everything that fell from...


Things Not To Put In Your Mouth, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

Things Not To Put In Your Mouth, Debra Marquart

English Publications

a penny a quarter a button a paperclip

safety pins, closed and open

most ingested while changing diapers

In two shadow boxes, Dr. James Downing displayed the objects

he'd extracted from patients' food and air passages

between 1929 and 1956...


Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, Debra Marquart Jan 2013

Kablooey Is The Sound You'll Hear, Debra Marquart

English Publications

then plaster falling and the billow of gypsum after your sister blows a hole in the ceiling of your brother's bedroom with the shotgun he left loaded and resting on his dresser...