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Course and curriculum development
  COURSE DEVELOPMENT I have worked on the development of several courses, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Below I list the type of activities that I have carried out, on each course I have actively  participated in the curricular development. Part of this information repeats information  present in the “list of teacher activities” document, but is presented again here for reasons of clarity. One  précis : for each and every of my courses, I always  ran, and run a statistical analysis of the evaluation sheets, and try to assess which suggestions point out to deficiencies that are statistically significant, and can be certainly improved. Furthermore, for each and every of my courses I try to transfer the improvements that I made in one course, as general improvements for the design of further courses. Finally, when in doubt I always ask my fellow students their opinion and perspective and matters that may appear problematic, so that we can work out a solution together. List of Courses, and course development achievements 1.   2012-2013: Semantics: Lectures series Eng. II level For this course, I inherited the lectures’ format, but I operated a radical renovation on the content. I chose a new textbook, wrote new exams and practice exercises, and devised other online supporting material as well. In the last semester, I developed an annotation system to help students rehearsing key notions before the exam, via the online versions of the lectures. 2.   2013-2014: Cognitive Linguistics Eng II/Eng III level I designed the course content, syllabus, assignments, main textbook, reading materials and online discussion. I designed the students’ mini -conference that concluded the course, and created a tutorial for students on how to give a successful presentation. Furthermore, I capitalized on students’ feedback on previous related courses (“Comprehensive Semantics”, see next section), to improve the organization of the course. 3.   2012- 2013: “Comprehensive Semantics” Eng III/MA level I completed redeveloped the course, with respect to the previous format. I chose a next textbook, designed a new structure for assignments, and chose the reading materials for the course. I also implemented an online policy of assignments’ submissions, and offered small tutorials in class on the use of linguistic notation via Word, and other editing programs. For the year 2012, I helped students in offering short presentations discussing one of the  publications in the reading list. For the year 2013, I and have designed a mini-conference in which students will present their final paper to the class, and discuss possible improvements together. For the year 2013, I also developed an “annotation” system, by which I share my “guide to reading papers in semantics” with students, so that they can overcome any problems in understanding difficult passages, via the help of my notes. I plan to carry out a specific survey and the implementation usefulness of this tool, after the course. 4.   2013: Language and Comics: guest seminar Eng II/Eng III level The seminar was entirely based on personal research and materials, upon approval by  professor Bramlett. The seminar was a good occasion to “venture” into teaching topics that  are not tightly connected to my research fields, but are nevertheless part of my areas of expertise. 5.   2013: Vocabulary and proficiency in Academic English (“Words”)  mixed I designed the “mini - lectures” offered within the course, and designed the test material for my group. In autumn 2013, I made a substantial revision to the teaching materials regarding on-line training tools, and offered class-training on how to use these tools. 6.   2013: Research methods in Linguistics Eng. II level For this course, I re-designed the structure of the course for teacher candidates, introducing one seminar on linguistic notation and conventions (glossing, IPA, etc.), and one on essay optimization (use of appendices, organization of tables and figures, etc.). 7.   2012-2013 Language Analysis I (Sociolinguistics, Academic English) Eng. I level I participated in the development of the syllabus and literature list for spring and autumn 2013, choosing relevant readings, and coordinating a general process of renovation of the curriculum with my fellow convenors. 8.   2009-2010: Psychology 902: Cognition and Language Postgraduate level   I developed the lectures on Syntax, and the activities on topics of experimental syntax and semantics, upon approval of the course chair. 9.   2009-2011: Tutorial: conference presentations, abstracts Ph.D. level I developed the course independently, upon approval of the director of the graduate school. I  presented some relevant literature on conference presentations’ design, and tutorials on abstracts-writing. 10.   2009-2010: Psychology 214/238: Psycholinguistics Psychology/Linguistics II I designed part of the final exam and the first assignment, as they were based on syntactic topics. 11.   2008-2010: Seminar on History and Philosophy of Cognitive and Linguistic Sciences (in collaboration with the Department of Philosophy, UNSW) Ph.D. level I devised the reading list with my colleague Eran Asoulin, upon approval of our supervisors, and coordinated the online website.  
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