September 21, 2011

Research Forum, Co-op, and Executive Meeting

On Thursday of this week there will be a Department Research Forum. Grad students and professors will be giving short presentations on some of their current research projects. It's a great way to learn about some possibilities for further academic studies in linguistics. I've attached a flier to this email, but the information is as follows:

Linguistics Department Research Forum
Thursday, September 22
11:30 am to 12:50 pm
David Strong Building C112

The deadline for humanities co-op applications is next Friday, September 30. If you think you may be interested in doing a co-op program you can visit the humanities co-op office in CLE D128. The application form can also be found online at

We will be holding an informal executive meeting on Friday, September 23 at 11:30 am in Vertigo in the SUB. We will be discussing our plans for the coming semester and forming some committees. Everyone is welcome, and if you have any suggestions or requests for programming please come share them with us. We're hoping to get as much input as possible into the course union this year.

September 12, 2011

New School Year and Clubs day!

The Underlings executive is happy to introduce you to the new chairs for the upcoming year: Alison Root and Erica Isomura. We are both very excited for what the new year has to bring and anticipate connecting with everyone in the department.  

Clubs and Course Union days are coming up this week (Wed Sept 14 and Thurs Sept 15) and for the first time, we will be participating in the event with an Underlings/Linguistics information table. If you would come by to show your support for the department and the course union, we would really appreciate it. We are currently looking for more volunteers to help out with the interactive elements of our display. We promise free candy to all of our helpers! After Clubs and Course Union days, we will be organizing a doodle poll to arrange a weekly meeting time for study groups and word game afternoons.

Right now we are also looking for undergraduate students who would like to become more involved in the course union, specifically to fill the positions of Secretary and Treasurer. If you are interested in any way, please let us know. 

If you have any ideas or suggestions for the course union, we'd love to hear them. We look forward to meeting everyone and hope to see you at Clubs day! 

March 29, 2011

Grad Photo

The grad photo will be taken at 11:15 on Friday, April 1. We'll gather at the fountain between 11 and 11:10, and then the photo will be taken at 11:15.  Don't be late!  If you're finished classes this April or during the summer, come to the photo and live on in the hallowed linguistics department halls.

March 7, 2011

The UNDERLINGS are hosting a…
Linguistics Party!
For the WHOLE department and friends
Great food, great music, great people!
Featuring Chris Coey’s Band
“Flat Rabbit”

Saturday, April 2nd
6:30-11pm at Oaklands Community Centre
(1-2827 Belmont Avenue, off the #4 bus route)
$7 each
Ticket sale locations:
Tuesdays from 1:30-3:30 in Sub B024, 
Wednesday, March 18 in the Clearihue lobby (times to be announced) 
Or contact
Hope to see you all there!

Graduating Class Photo

This is a message for graduating students (those convocating in June 2011) only.
There is usually a picture taken of the graduating class for the Linguistics department.  Susan has kindly offered to organize a time to do this.
If you are graduating in June 2011, please email Susan at so she can start finding a date that works for the majority of people.

February 25, 2011

Spring 2011 Applied Linguistics Practicum Seminar Series

Spring 2011 Applied Linguistics Practicum Seminar Series

Come out to our next talk in the series:
Bill Acton, Trinity Western University
So You Think You Can Dance (Your Way to Effective Pronunciation)?

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Clearihue A308

Bill Acton teaches in the MA TESOL program at Trinity Western University.
Most of his research and publications over the past 30 years have focused
on the role of body movement in learning and teaching second language

February 23, 2011

Meeting: Friday, March 4th at 4:30

We will be having a meeting on Friday, March 4th at 4:30 in Clearihue A118.   

Also, t-shirt orders have been extended until Friday, March 4th.  So if you still want one, email me at before March 4th with your order.  Again, the cost is $25 and all monies must be received before your order can be placed.

And...the Underlings will be hosting an end-of-semester party on Saturday, April 2nd.  Stay tuned for more details and information about tickets!

February 14, 2011

Applied Linguistics Practicum Seminar - Tuesday, Feb. 15th

2011 Applied Linguistics Practicum Seminar Series
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
6:30-8:00 pm -- Clearihue Room A308

Mark Pomeroy (English Language Centre), Todd Kitzler, (Inter-Cultural
Association of
Greater Victoria), Scott Wilson (Global Village Victoria)
This is an informal panel discussion about English language teaching in
Victoria. Our three
panelists have a huge amount of teaching experience in Victoria, and are
here to share their
experience as language teachers in Victoria, introduce the schools where
they work, and talk
about the changes and trends they have seen in the industry in Victoria.
Bring your questions
about teaching EAL in Victoria!

February 7, 2011

Applied Linguistics Seminar

2011 Applied Linguistics Seminar Series

Teaching the Social Applications of Language
Adrian Benedek
World ESL Tutors/
Tuesday, Feb. 8th, 6:30-8:00 p.m., Clearihue A308

The seminar is framed in Psycholinguistics, and will discuss what, why,
how and when language is used as a tool for communication to convince an
audience. Mr. Benedek will include practical examples and exercises that
teachers can use.

Adrian Benedek is an ESL teacher and entrepreneur with over a decade of
teaching experience. A UVic graduate, he has published in developmental
psychology, and produces cutting-edge materials for ESL pedagogy. His
current focus is international academic English.

February 2, 2011

Bake Sale: Thursday, Feb. 10

We will be having a bake sale on Thursday, Feb. 10 from 9:30-4:30 in the Clearihue lobby to raise money for our scholarship fund.  If you are able to sit at the table, please go here to sign up for a time.  If you are able to bring some goodies to sell, they can be dropped off at the table from 9:30 onwards.
Also, we will be selling linguistics-themed Valentine's Cards at the bake sale.  Next Tuesday's games afternoon (1:30-3:30 in SUB B024) will be used to make the cards so stop by if you'd like to help, or stop by the table to buy a card!

January 28, 2011

Study room: Mondays, 2:30-4:20 in Clearihue C116

Hi Underlings,

Thanks to everyone who answered the survery about a study room.  Based on majority vote and room availability, we have a study room on Mondays from 2:30-4:20 in Clearihue C116.
Students are welcome to drop-in to study and do homework together.

January 27, 2011

Movie Night!

We will be having a movie night on Friday, February 4th, in the SUB in room B028 at 6 pm.  We will be showing the movie "My Fair Lady."  There will be popcorn, too!

Hope to see you all there!

January 14, 2011

Games Afternoons

Games Afternoon will be held on Tuesdays.  Rooms and dates are below.  Please note that we have the room from 2:30-4:30 in January, and from 1:30-3:30 in February and March.  If you can only make part of the afternoon, that's okay!  Come for whatever portion you can.

Jan. 18, 25 -  SUB B110b booked 2:30pm - 4:30pm

Feb. 1, 8, 15 - SUB B024 booked 1:30 - 3:30pm

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 - SUB B024 booked 1:30 - 3:30pm

January 9, 2011

First meeting of this semester: Friday Jan 14, 2011

The first meeting of this semester will be held on Friday, Jan 14 in Clearihue Building  C111 at 4:30.  Hopefully it won't be too long!  Hope to see you all there.