MonthSeptember 2018

September 27, Idioms

Fishy – Something suspicious

Horse Around – Fool around

Cat Got your Tongue – Keep quiet

Pull Someone’s Leg – Fool someone with a ridiculous story

Get off Someone’s back – Stop bothering someone

Drive Someone Up a Wall – Annoy them and make them really angry

String Someone Along – Deceiving someone

Spill the Beans – Knowing the information beforehand

Jump the Gun – Become hasty

Turn Someone Off – Disgusted

Hand on – Preserve

Lemon – Defective

 

 

September 20, In class writing

My topic is Language and Power. I have taken the help of the book “Along the Routes to Power” by Martin Putz. The book contains powerful and persuasive writing from a team of top international scholars. It is ground-breaking by impressively focussing on how power and empowerment are foundational to the health and prospect of all the world’s languages. This book announces the centrality of the “sociolinguistics of power” by confronting researches, teachers, and planners across various language and cultural disciplines with “power and empowerment” as crucial to any modern understanding of languages.

“Is it right that a man should abandon his mother tongue for someone else’s? It looks like a dreadful betrayal and produces a guilty feeling…” (Achebe, Ngugi, 1986: 7)

The African language is rich in tradition and culture but after the coming of the colonizers, it gradually faded. Some people in Africa tend to change their religion due to the coming of Christian missionaries.

 

 

 

September 11, Free Writing

How I evolved with Technology

  • When I was a child I didn’t know how to make use of technology. I was always dependent on someone maybe my elder brother or sister if I wanted to know about something. But now after knowing the advancement of technology which is never ending, I can easily rely on it for anything.
  • For instance, if I want to go somewhere, I can easily see the routes through GPS without asking anyone and this is time-saving too.
  • I remember one incident when I was a child I went with my parents to visit some occasion. There I sat on top of a camel which was a short camel ride. At that point, despite being in my hometown and country, I felt so insecure if I couldn’t see my parents from that camel at a far distance. To make things worse, the worst thing happened. I got lost. It was like that was the end of my life.
  • At the present time, being outside of my hometown and my country and coming all together in a different country in a different city with new people all around me, I can now say that I am quite comfortable because I know how to use technology. I rely on technology every single day. I no more feel insecure. I feel independent and safe.
  • Moreover, I make use of technology in almost everything like in my academics.
  • I came all the way from India to the United States by myself and I will give some credit to technology.

September 6, In Class Writing

Nichele, Leo & Ayush

The story is about the Loss of Literacy. It talks about how the person learned to be a doctor and recognized the symptom of dementia patients. We liked the most because this audio essay gives a conversation between a student and her patient. The next part is about how she explains her story by adding a song track between each part of her story which includes her conversation and her reflection.

  • It is a challenging task for us to identify the story in relation to the sound-track that best fits with it.
  • Time can be another challenge while narrating our audio essay.
  • Audios essays are helpful in certain ways. We can express our stories more vividly to the audience.

September 4: In Class Writing

  1. The main expectations of the audio literacy are to draft an essay which can focus on music or musical themes, genres, groups or lyrics that have shaped our experience/life during a significant time period/event/situation. Or, you can focus on a particular soundscape (an audio/aural environment) that has shaped your experience/life during a significant time period/event/situation.
  2. Objectives: to reflect on your history for a deeper understanding of your cultural, racial, and language identities
    -to help others learn from your past experiences
    -to enhance your learning of digital or new media tools as new modes of writing to suit writing purposes in globalized and digitized contexts
    -to reflect on choices in audio and see how those might be different from choices in written texts

    The challenges can be to compose an essay that is compelling to others about some time/event/period in my life.

    To explore the intimate/important roles that music or a particular soundscape plays in my life, and to trace how it shapes my experience and understanding

    To use your voice to good effect as an instrument (vocal variety, emotion, emphasis) of telling a story

  3. Process: Give a quick summary of the essay, the skeleton of the essay in details, recording, and editing, examples, and support, the ethics.

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