September 13: In class writing

Brief audio essay:

My story is about when I started school in a different country and I did not know how to communicate with the local citizens in my school. I felt helpless since no one was there to help me, instead, they teased me about the way I spoke and pronounced the words, also because they did not know about the type of food I was having, they used to think I was eating some weird stuff. When it came to homework, I had a hard time and needed to translate words one by one. As days went by, I got super tired and frustrated.

I developed this story by firstly, I mentioned I started school in another new country. Secondly, I expressed how helpless I was since no one was able to help. Instead of helping, they tended to tease me about the way I was saying it. Also, I had a difficult time when it came to writing, speaking and learning new languages.  I was feeling helpless and tired of these as days went by. Although people around me were judging about the way that I spoke and it was hard for me to complete my assignments, but I did not give up easily. I believe that I can do it. I started to write and read more. Write down words that I don’t know and find a way to remember it and also ask for teachers’ help.

September 11, 2018 : Free Writing Literacy narrative

Explaining your experiences of facing issues of identity, culture, and racial stereotypes.
Have you ever learned a new language (musical notation, French, Pascal)? Helped someone
else learn a new language? Struggled with learning a new language?
 I stayed in China for around 10 years. When I was 12 years old, I moved back to Mexico to live with my parents. I did not understand their languages (Mainly Spanish but English is required in school). When I started school there on the first day, I did not have a great time on the first day. Because I am new to the school and environment, I did not have any friends and I did not know how to communicate with the local citizens. Although there is also one Asian in my class, she didn’t talk to me or help me with translating what the teacher was talking about in Chinese, since she is not that fluence in Chinese also. I was alone the entire day and did not understand a word of what they are saying. Sometimes, people just looked at me with their curious eyes which made me feel very uncomfortable. Sometimes, when the local citizens walking pass me, they will say a word in Chinese to me and laugh about it and  sometimes they just call me “Chinese girl.” I did not like this but I did not tell my parents about it.
I clearly remember there is one Asian in my school. Because I do not know how to speak the language fluently, she teased me with her other friends.
  • Telling my personal experiences.  (Learning new languages are not easy;  people judge you or tease you because you are an Asian; Because you don’t know how to speak the local language, they tend to move away from you and don’t want to include you in their group; it’s not easy to get used to a new environment; how I learn to write in English )
  • Add Music
  • Further,  express my general thoughts on learning a language, adjusting yourself to a new environment, facing culture difference judgment and etc. How I overcome
  • Add Music
  • Provide numbers of ways to avoid the problem and give advice about learning new languages and writing.
  • End with Music.


September 6: In class writing

Joanne, Karina, Raha

Hi Class!

Today we are going to share our thoughts on the audio literacy narratives that we found interesting last night.

In our group, we all selected the audio literacy narrative ” Loss of Literacy” by Ashleigh Markowitz. She recounts her personal encounter, witnessing the loss of literacy experienced by patients suffering from dementia. After a while working there she had a new perspective about literacy and she said that “literacy is not just reading, writing or speaking, but actually being able to interact with your surroundings and even just understand what’s going on”. She claimed that the literacy narrative is really about recognizing and overcoming obstacles. She also claimed that “to be a good doctor you have to be able to read more than a patient’s chart but be able to read them as a person”.

Things that we like about this audio literacy narrative are:

  • She finds a new perspective through her personal experience with people suffering from dementia.
  • She uses dialogue at the beginning of her audio literacy narrative with a patient who has dementia which catches the audience’s attention.
  • She uses different kinds of music to connect different parts of her audio together.
  • Through her audio literacy narrative, we understand that caring for someone with dementia can be both emotionally and practically challenging.

Things that we learn from the audio literacy narratives which can help us in our audio essay are:

  • The important of the subject
  • Using background music to further make our audio essay more interesting and effective.
  • The importance of our voice when telling the story.

Challenges that we might face are:

  • Making the audio essay itself.
  • Editing the audio essay. (Mixing music)

September 4: In class writing

The main ideas of this audio essay assignment are:

  • Using the help of music or instrumental sounds along with voice narration to display some enthralling experiences about a friend’s life and also my life.
  • We can use lyrics, genres, the aural environment,  musical themes and etc to talk about experiences of issues of identity, culture differences, and racial stereotypes.
  • Help others to have a better understanding of what is identity, racism and culture differences from our personal experiences.
  • Understand the effects of these issues that cause to a person’s life and also how these issues can change a person’s life thoroughly.

Challenges I may face when working on the audio essay are:

  • The way of structuring a proper good essay.
  • Use emotional voice when telling the story so it can bring a better effect for the audio essay.
  • Editing the audio essay. (mix and edit the audio essay with musical tracks in a skillful way)

August 30: In class writing

Hi everyone!

I am here to discuss the similarities and differences ideas between another classmate’s respond and my respond on identity and cultural difference. After reading Mindy’s respond, I find several similarities points that we both mentioned in our response.

  • Identity is the qualities of someone’s beliefs, personality, expressions, and self-image.
  • Learning a language is not easy; it takes lots of time to learn and become better.
  • Children normally do not know about what is racial issues and the effects of these issues might cause to a person but nowadays children have been experiencing these racial issues in America.
  • Children of immigrant suffer a lot with identification and self-confidence.

After reading Karina’s post, I find a unique perspective from her post which I did not mention in my post. We clearly know the problems that immigrant children are facing but we tend to forget about the hard-working teachers. As Karina mentions in her post, “Teacher who teaches diversity class is also challenging, it is hard for teachers to know the level of their teaching class and be able to teach just right on the point for both native and immigrant students.” I totally agree with what Karina says because the teachers are trying hard to find strategies to help immigrant children to learn. Lastly, I think the government should discover the struggles that these children have been experiencing, whereas to see this issue as an opportunity of diversity for a country.

August 28: In class writing

Raha Sadeghi, Indira Cockerill, Joanne Chen

Hello, everyone!

Today we are going to talk about the most recent issues about the status of refugee in the U.S. We will be debunking what it means to be a refugee in the United States and how politics has an effect on refugees reputations. A refugee is a person who cannot go back to their country and take refuge in another country due to dangerous statues such as in Iran if you change religious statues from Islam then officials will kill the person without regard. Many people who flee are homeless and do not receive aid. According to The New York Times, “Camps are a reasonable solution to temporary dislocation. But refugee crises can go on for decades. Millions of refugees have lived in their country of shelter for more than 30 years. Two-thirds of humanitarian assistance – intended for emergencies- is spent on crises that are more than eight years old.” Because of this adjustment, this impact can leave an everlasting imprint on the refugee whether for good or bad.

The refugees are going through an intense form of culture shock, not only adjusting to a new way of living but also difficulties of speaking a new language and living situations. Another impact of this refugees are looked at differently since their initial culture and color are different than those most in the United States are accustomed to which creates a bigger separation between cultures. According to Light + Life Magazine,  Refugees have a difficult time reaching out for resources due to the language barrier and have a higher rate of being hurt due to not taking proper safety precautions.




Syrian refugee children pose as they play near their families’ residence at Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, January 30, 2016. REUTERS/ Muhammad Hamed 

A Brief Intro about Myself

Hello everyone! My name is Joanne and I come from the country Mexico. I went to high school in Belize which is a country that nearby Mexico.  I am majoring in Biology because I want to explore more about nature, our environment, animals, diseases and also our human body.  My hobbies are listening to music, drawing and also swimming. What about yours?

In this rhet106 class, I expect to learn more new vocabulary and how to write a good essay. Not only that but also want to improve my writing skills, grammar and word choice used in writing through this class.

Nice to meet you all today!


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