John Swales spent the first week in September in southern Brazil. He first went to the UNISINOS campus in São Leopoldo, where he gave a colloquium on American academic speech. He was hosted there by Associate Professor Ana Cristina Osterman (Ph.D, U-M linguistics, 2000). He then traveled to the Federal University of Santa Maria to participate in a conference on multilingual academic literacies, where he gave a plenary on "Responding to Anglophone academic and research worlds" as well as a three-hour workshop on writing academic discussion sessions.


An article entitled “Notice the similarities between the two sets: An analysis of student use of imperatives in an upper-level corpus of student writing” is now in press at Applied Linguistics, the leading journal in the field. The contributing author is Justine Neiderhiser, a fourth year doctoral student in the English and Education program; other co-authors were Patrick Kelley and Kohlee Kennedy (both 2013 linguistics graduates), and Carla Vergaro, a visiting scholar from Italy.


Toward the end of October, John Swales will give a plenary at a research initiatives conference in Sri Lanka. This is part of a World Bank project designed to help junior scholars in the sciences and humanities move from the national to the international stage. The project is the brain child of Professor Manique Guneseskera, (Ph.D Linguistics, U-M, 1989), who is currently Dean of the Graduate School at Kelanya University.


On November 5, the Library and U-M Press will host an event to celebrate the first twenty years of Swales & Feak’s Academic Writing for Graduate Students, now in its third edition and currently the press’s best-seller. Details to follow.