Studies in English, week 3: October 12th, 2012

Studies in English 2, week 3 2012-10-12
Studies in English 2, class list of topics 2012-10-12 (week 3).
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Today, we discussed our lists of possible projects/presentations.

We also watched a few more videos (see below) that might stimulate our ideas for what we want to find out about language and communication.

We wrote our research questions on the blackboard. You still have time to change your mind about your topic.

Homework:

Deadline is Tuesday midnight.

  1. write your research question(s) on your blog
  2. visit your classmates’ blogs (see the list in the right-hand column of this blog here —->>)
  3. leave a comment on your classmates’ blog if you wish.
  4. (if your blog is not listed, please email me your name and your blog’s address (URL = www. etc)

Here are the videos for today. (Last week’s videos are here).

John McLaughlin performing at the Crossroads G...
John McLaughlin performing at the Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  1. John McLaughlin, British guitarist, says “How is it that everybody can understand, relate to, and enjoy music? Whether you come from this culture or that culture or any culture, it doesn’t matter. It’s wonderful. The true language of the human spirit is music.”
    [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulQMvkznKm0′]
  2. Shakti” (founded by John McLaughlin) 20 years later. La Danse du Bonheur. It begins with a dramatic demonstration of Konokol by the two Indian drummers.
    [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FID9lAuOxEg’]
  3. John McLaughlin introduces Konokol
    [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK7hsvdjHwg’]
  4. Bill Bruford, a legendary British drummer with King Crimson for many years, says in this video that “music is a language”; we use vowels and letters and individual sounds to make words and use words to make sentences, so drummers also have individual sounds which they put together to make sound “sentences” and so communicate with listeners. There are 26 letters in the alphabet, and by coincidence there are also 26 drum rudiments.
    [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5l7VWjEAFCM&’]
  5. This video is about 5 babies (quintuplets, all born at the same time) learning to talk. The mother took the video. Two older siblings introduce it.  (You can see more videos of these babies athttp://www.wilkinsonquints.org/ )[yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hVJFE4PGXI&feature=relmfu’]
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