Why is this video so popular, do you think? [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlfKdbWwruY’]What do you think about it? How did you feel watching it? Write your answers as comments on this blog by Tuesday midnight.
Type your final paper, print it out and bring to class next week.
How to write a bibliography using MLA style. (MLA_Sheffner.)
How to quote and cite articles.
Answer these questions on loose-leaf paper. Then discuss with your classmates in groups of 4.
Who are you writing for? Who will read your essay? Answer: Mr. Sheffner and your fellow students.
What is the main purpose of your essay?
What is the strong point of your essay?
What is the weak point of your essay?
What feedback do you want from your classmates?
Watch the video. Why is it so popular? 44,902,860 views （再生回数）as of Jan. 11th, 2013.
Write a comment on your blog (or this blog if you cannot access your blog):
what did you learn from other students’ presentations?
what did you think of your own presentation (反省）?
Deadline is Tuesday midnight.
Start writing your research paper. Unlike the presentations, your paper should be all in English. 2~4 pages of A4, double-spaced, with bibliography (all sources must be listed in English or “roma-ji”). Keep the same topic as for your 2nd presentation. Deadline is Jan. 18th.
Student presentations. About half the class presented today. The quality was high, though obviously some were better than others.
Watch Benny Lewis and another polyglot, Moses McCormick, speak a dozen languages with native speakers at the mall:
(No class next week; next class will be Nov. 30th)
On your blog,
check your blog for comments
write your responses to today’s class by Sunday(18th) midnight:
the first group discussion (random groups discussing about your research project)
freewriting about your personal history and experience with words, language and communication
the 2nd group discussion (with people who have chosen the same or similar topic to you)
continue researching your topic
update your blog with your learning diary by Wednesday (28th)midnight: like in a regular diary, write about what progress you have made on your research project,
what you have tried to find out,
where you looked,
who you talked to (professors, classmates doing a similar project, your parents, etc),
what you found,
what problems or difficulties you had, questions you have, etc., etc.
Don’t forget to write the names of books you have used and the URL of websites you havevisited. This information might be of help to other students, and their information might help you. Share your knowledge. Help each other. This is what your blog is for, as well as to keep a record of what you have done.
Make sure you have comments enabled on your blog, so that others can leave comments.
In random groups of 4~6 students, discuss what progress you have made on your research since last week
Freewriting (10 minutes): write about your personal relationship with words, language and communication.
Get together with other students researching the same or similar topic as you.
One way researchers can study how human beings learn to speak a language is by studying people who did NOT learn to speak a language. There have been a few documented cases of children growing up without learning to speak. What happened? What was missing in their environment or in their brain?
Another famous (but fictional) case is that of Mowgli, the boy brought up by wolves, who is the main character in a book by 19th-century British Nobel Prize winning author Rudyard Kipling (who also wrote “How the Alphabet was Made” and “How the First Letter was Written“) – The Jungle Book (click the link to read the Wikipedia entry). Mowgli grows up speaking wolf language but learns human language later on. Could this be possible, knowing what we know now about human language-learning?
Another famous but fictional case is that of Tarzan, a young boy whose parents die in the African jungle and who is brought up by apes. 89 Tarzan movies have been made as well as TV dramas, but the books are much better than any of them. Tarzan grows up speaking ape-language but learns human language later on. Could this be possible, knowing what we know now about human language-learning?
Yet another fictional example of a feral child is Peter Pan.
(Personal note: I saw the Jungle Book movie when I was a child, and I still remember all the songs. My mother read me the Jungle Book when I was very young. She read it to me in her native language – French. Later, I read the stories in English, and later still, I read them again in French, so I have a strong personal connection with these stories. They are also very famous and well known in Britain and other English-speaking countries. I also read the Tarzan stories when I was a teenager. I think I collected the entire set.)
Children who have grown up with very little human contact are called feral children (click the link to read the Wikipedia entry on this).
do men and women speak differently all around the world?
Freewriting: about your own presentation and your classmates’, and today’s mini-lectures, plus anything else you want to say.
Did you enjoy reading this blog entry? Was it interesting? Useful? Please leave a comment (in either English or Japanese). Thank you.
Write up your notes (see #2 above) on your blog by Tuesday midnight.
If you don’t have a blog, cannot write to your blog, or don’t want to keep your learning diary on your blog, you may write your journal in a notebook. Write in your notebook each week and show me your notebook each Friday.
Start researching for your presentation (Nov. 9th).
Class blog for Sheffner's Academic Skills & Writing Strategies at DWC