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I think therefore I can analyse?

By Wednesday, August 28, 2019 No tags 0

The top three most asked questions of your English teachers: How many quotations should I use per paragraph? What’s the best structure for a comparative essay? What are the markers looking for in a conclusion? Well, the bad news is there are no definitive answers (we are not talking Mathematics here). No magic number for quotations per paragraph, but interwoven snippets into your own sentences are best for scoring higher marks in organisation and development of ideas. Aim for three to four. Please no chunks ...

Being human: how the drama genre means everything

"Meanwhile I want to go on talking to you as freely and intimately about what we live for and die for as if I knew you better than anyone else whom you know." English teachers want to open your eyes to what it means to be human and so do playwrights. Nowhere is the interaction between text, audience and purpose more immediate than the theatre. During your two years you may well be studying drama and, I recommend seeing any live theatre. The house lights down, ...

Helping yourself to a prawn off your boss’s plate

By Friday, July 26, 2019 No tags 0

Having recently started teaching Theory of Knowledge for the first time this academic year, the links between Language A and TOK are even clearer. Recently while working through the language way of knowing, the class of year 1 diploma students and I watched RSA Animate’s 2011 video essay ‘Language as a window into human nature’ with “renowned experimental psychologist Steven Pinker”. In it, he details a useful way of students could categorise verbal communication. Quoting anthropologist Alan Fiske, there are ...

Should Language and Literature teachers give more privilege to the politicians?

Using election campaigns for studying the power of language  It’s 1960. Personal computers don’t exist. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, by Harper Lee wins the Pulitzer Prize for literature. Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts is about to become the youngest elected president in US history.’ – A self-guided tour for high school students (John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum) The juxtaposition of Harper Lee’s name with Kennedy’s jarred me. I couldn’t walk the halls and just absorb the glamourous ...

There is no true meaning to a text

How to approach the challenge of analysis In Language and Literature you will most probably be presented with texts that are from other cultures and time periods to your own. In Northern Australia the Tiwi people identify this with one word, Ngaruwanajirra, which means different people, from different clans, from different places, we come together as one. It will seem a challenge to find meaning but all people are connected. As you encounter creators and subjects of texts you need to ...

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