Bilingual Fridays

By Murray Bourne, 10 May 2009

I wrote an article a few years ago on Bilingualism in Politics.

The post gets a lot of hits from people who are looking for the search phrase "bilingualism in politics". I was looking at the Google Analytics data for the article and noticed something odd. There is a periodic surge of traffic for the page.

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Traffic for Bilingualism in Politics.

Every one of those peaks in traffic occurs on a Friday and it has been going on for months.

Now, why are people interested in this topic on a Friday more than any other day of the week? Is it a religious thing? Or perhaps this is the kind of assignment topic that lecturers like to give on a Friday so their students can work on it over the weekend?

Any other plausible suggestions?

See the 18 Comments below.

18 Comments on “Bilingual Fridays”

  1. Sue VanHattum says:

    I don't have an answer, but I love having a mystery to solve! I wonder if you can get people who come read it to comment why they came.

  2. Murray says:

    Good suggestion, Sue. I have added a request on the original article. Let's see what we find out.

  3. Victor "Garcia says:

    it is for an assignment for Axia college.

    Investigate the official language movement (an important Hispanic American cultural interest) described on pp. 243-44 of the text by researching bilingualism in education and politics in the United States. Find 4 to 6 credible Web sites or articles that support, oppose, or simply present information about bilingualism in education or politics. Most sources will focus exclusively on either topic of education or politics, so try to find at least two sources per topic.

  4. Murray says:

    Thanks for the information, Victor.

    Interestingly, the Friday pattern has continued up to now. Do you all do your homework on a Friday only?

  5. Lea says:

    In axia college the curriculum is set in stone that way no matter what instructor you have you will get this assignment due on friday on the seventh week of your class. Since they have classes starting everyweek that means every week it is someones seventh week and yeah most of us wait till the last minute to do the assignments

  6. Murray says:

    Thank you, Lea! Finally this is starting to make sense.

    Now, your college should really think about varying the assignments...

  7. Jim says:

    Axia did change the curriculum and now the assignment is due on Thursday but I am a day late.

  8. Bonnie Russell says:

    I am looking at this site because it is an assignment that is due for Thursday in my Eth-125 class.

  9. ashley says:

    haha I too am from axia and am doing my assignment the day of... maybe now that axia has changed the curriculum to this assignment being due on a thursday you will have to change the title of your mystery. or just say mystery solved. =)

  10. Thera says:

    I am also with Axia College and the assignement is due Thursday but I unfortunately am turning it in a day late on FRIDAY!! That is why I bet!!

    Mystery solved! HA!

  11. Murray says:

    To Jim, Bonnie, Ashley and Thera: Thanks for the input! Indeed, the pattern has shifted to Thursdays. It is still a very strong pattern, unlike the trend for any other post on this blog.

  12. Kassi says:

    I am also with Axia College and it has now changed back to being due on Friday's, so you will notice the change again.

  13. sam says:

    I also have this assignment and this website is very informative. It is funny that you actually tracked that information. The large student base for Axia will affect any statistics for a website.

  14. Miss Q says:

    Now the assignment is due on Wednesday

  15. Murray says:

    Thanks Miss Q. We'll see if the peaks start occurring on Wednesdays.

  16. Scott says:

    I am in ETH 125 and it is due on a Friday, my wife is enrolled in the same class with a different instructor and hers was due on Wednesday, so they are mixing it up a little bit.

  17. Barb says:

    Too funny! I'm in the same class and am turning this paper in a day late. It's funny to see that that is where the majority of people looking at this page are doing as well. I'm in good company!

  18. Laura says:

    Honestly, the cycle is changing because we have "work" and "participation" weeks. Because the classes are only two at a time, the "work" week in one means it will be a "participation" week in the other. This means that generally speaking, they are scheduled around each other to reduce the workload to help students produce their best work with the most flexible schedule. While this does not mean that every assignment is due on different days, it does mean that some are scheduled that way. So, this bigger assignment is due in the middle of the week in my current set of classes, and for other students that class is run a little differently.

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