Only one week down in this unit and already my brain feels as though it is going to explode. New terms, new references, new terminology…information overload! Eleven weeks to go, I cannot begin to imagine how my knowledge and understanding of language and literacy will grow and develop.
Everyone has a different interpretation of the word, “invention”. However the word is simply defined as; a new device, method of process developed from study and experimentation. An invention is just a mental fabrication; it’s a falsehood (Dictionary.com 2013).1 Although in the essays, “Why I write” by Joan Didion, “Life in a new Language” by Eva Hoffman, and “Basmati Rice: An Essay about Words” by Audrey Thomas, each author has their own view on the English language, how they each began inventing their own writing styles, and also their reasons for why they chose to become writers. These are the three things that make their definitions of invention very particular and their own.
Language is the primary way of human communication, whether it be spoken or written. In the United States the primary language is English, and only twenty-five percent of the U.S. know a language other than English. The U.S. language laws do not require citizens to be bilingual and most states do not mandate that their students take a foreign language course to graduate. The problem with this law is that it is causing students, who will eventually enter the global job market, to be at a disadvantage against migrant workers or workers that speak more than one language. Considering that the U.S. is a country that many immigrants flee to, the disadvantage for American students and workers are high. The risk of less job opportunity should not be the only worry for monolingual speakers in America. Another downside of not knowing an additional language, is you do not have as much cognitive skills as you would if you were multilingual and international relations will be affected with other countries. Additionally, language and culture go hand and hand, when excluding one the other will quickly follow.
I have never really paid attention to certain languages or how people talk, until last year in my senior english class. My English teacher's name was Ms.Gibbons, she was short with short brown hair, and skin as white as a ghost.Her classroom was at the very end of a long hallway, tables sit up in a U shape with chairs all around them,blueish carpet, white walls with english signs everywhere, one row of computers across from the 9 windows, a smart board at the front of the room, and also her brown desk at the front of the room. My class was going to start a new subject on dialect. One of the assignments were to take a test on the internet. The test had many different objects, animals, food, etc, I had to answer the question with whatever I called the object it showed. The results of the test guessed what state I were from based on what I called these objects. Odd how one little test can guess where you're living by the way you talk or call things. Different languages came to my attention by the way people call objects different things, people's accents, and the way people pronounce things.
English language is the most widely used language in the whole world and it is considered as the “language of the sea” so consequently, we aspiring seafarers should learn how to communicate properly using the English language. In MAAP, we are obligated to speak in English at all times so we could practice our English skills every day; which is very clever because once we go on board, we will work with different persons with different races which might make communication very hard especially if we can’t speak and understand English fluently. For instance, I was instructed to do something important in the ship but I cannot understand the instruction since I can’t understand English very well, it might be the cause of a fatal accident since miscommunication is one of the leading reason on why accidents at sea happens. On the other hand, it will also make
In the English language, there are several words that are considered off-limits in everyday use for Americans. This is as a result of the negative significance the words held historically. However, the words are still used in specific contexts. For example, these words have been used for educational purposes or in comedy skits. This leads one to wonder how these boundaries have been set within language and why can they be used in specific contexts. It is evident that the development of cultural identity is influenced by the heavily honored restrictions placed on these words. It has shaped people’s behavior within different media platforms. In order to identify the effect of language and these external sources in society, the bias, story framing and effect of perceived notions are analyzed within three different types of texts.
English is currently the most important language in the world and is considered the main language of communication. English speakers use it in different ways or circumstances in their daily lives, whether at home, work, school or in different states within the United States of America. English over the years has become the most spoken language in the world. People who speak English as their mother tongue use it differently, so in my essay I want to explain how English changes according to the place of comfort you are in.
The primary function of language is to convey ideas from one person to another. The dialect appearance is a typical process of linguistic development. It is natural that varieties of language appear since the process of language usage includes language expansion. Social communities tend to split up into groups, each of them displays differences in behaviour. Language reflects these differences.
It is in the earliest parts of life that we begin to categorize the world around us. To a child, a being that sprouts from the earth to reach toward the sun is considered a tree; a large mass of liquid that changes its colors to match the sky and smells of salt is the ocean. We apply simple terms to everything, so that we may easily communicate our thoughts to our peers. As I have grown older, it has become a habit to look back on life and in doing so, I have noticed that the users of the English language attempt great lengths to apply a word to remarkably complex of subjects. They are not, however, able to perform the same task with themselves. We as people tend to gravitate toward others with similar characteristics, whether it be a face or place; it can be said of both the older generation and its younger counterpart. As the eldest child of my family, I was expected to reach a high standard throughout life. And with no other options, that is what I did. They’d brag about how brilliant I was; how I’d read and write religiously; how I was such a good girl and far more mature than others my age. I devoured my parents’ praise like it was my only source of sustenance. Soon, my world revolved around the satisfaction that came with their pride in me. So when I was a child trying to find my place in the world, it was quite natural for me to fall into the welcoming arms of those who shared my characteristics. The same can be said of all elementary-aged children. For several, it
As the title itself suggests, learning and teaching a foreign language means dealing with a language that is non-native and, most probably, doing so in a non-native environment, such as the classroom. Although a foreign language learnt and taught is also oftentimes referred to as a second language, the process of dealing with this language is known as second language acquisition (SLA). Linguistic purists, however, draw a line between second language and foreign language, the first one signaling that the learner lives in the environment where the language in question is spoken as the native one (Moeller & Catalano, 2015, p. 327). The study of second language and peculiarities of its acquisition has become one of the most rapidly developing disciplines within humanities over the last forty years (Moskovsky et al., 2012). In this regard, there is one more distinction between the terms Second Language and Foreign Language. Second Language (L2) refers to the language learnt by either professionals or immigrants in a country where the language is spoken, and Foreign Language (FL) would mark the language taught in school – outside the native speaker environment (Kramsch, 2000, p. 315). Moreover, the very term acquisition marks a relative effortless process in which the language comes to an individual naturally, whereas learning implies that there is some work to be done to start speaking this language (Moeller & Catalano, 2015). The effortlessness of language acquisition is often
INSTRUCTIONS AND INFORMATION This memorandum must be used together with the attached English FAL assessment rubrics for SECTIONS A, B and C. SECTION A: ESSAY QUESTION 1 Instructions to Markers: • • • • Candidates are required to write an essay of 250 to 300 words (1 to 1 ½ pages) on ONE topic only. Full credit must be given for the candidate’s own interpretation. Marking must be objective. Consider the background of the candidate and give credit for relevant
There are a lot of people who seem to think of their childhood as one of the best. And I’m not an exception. Childhood is one of the greatest things in life. You get to be yourself and not stress or think over all the cruel stuff that is going to happen later in life. Childhood is definitely extra good if you have a childhood friend to share things with. And that is what Jackie Kay has narrated in her short story “Owl”.
At a time when we are enjoying longer, more healthful lives, ominous headlines announce: ‘Researchers Tie Aluminium to Alzheimers Disease’ and ‘ Coffee Linked to Cholesterol rise’ As a result of alarming and sometimes ambiguous bulletins, minor health worries often become major medical threats, and speculations about disease prevention become ‘proven’ cure. Part of the problem is that media often trumpet questionable research findings as major medical break throughs. In 1985, three French scientists told reporters at a press conference that the drug cyclosporine appeared to halt the growth of the AIDS virus. They based the