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Writing Strategies 2, session 3: October 7th, 2011

The wood between the worlds.
by timmenzies on flickr. Click the photo to visit.
wood between the worlds
The wood between the worlds. Photo by joannalynne on flickr. Click the photo to visit.

Which picture do you think is better for “the Wood between the Worlds”? Can you find a better one? If so, bring it to class.

  1. (by email) Send me a summary of chapters 3 and 4 by midnight (23:59), Wednesday October 11th.
  2. Answer these questions about the story. Bring your answers to class:
    1. What happened when Digory saw Polly?
    2. Where did Digory and Polly think they were?
    3. How does Digory compare the Wood to the tunnel that connects the houses?
    4. Before they set off to explore the other pools, what do Polly and Digory do to make sure they can find their way home again?
    5. Explain how the magic rings work.
    6. What does the Queen point out to the children as she leads them out through the palace?
    7. What is “the Deplorable Word”?
    8. The Queen tells the children how she became Queen of Charn. Her words are like those of Uncle Andrew. How are they similar?
    9. What does the Queen want the children to do and why?


Research in English (Linguistics) A session 3: May 6th, 2011

What is language?
What is language? By dgray_xplane on Flickr, via nfp 2.0 http://www.nfp2.co.uk/2007/06/01/doing-things-together/index.html
  1. Quiz on session 2
  2. What is language?
  3. We continued reading chapter 1 of “Mother Tongue”: pages 14-17. In these pages, the author Bryson discusses the following topics:
    1. words that exist in other languages that do not exist in English, e.g. “Schadenfreude” and the Scottish word that means “the habit of dropping in on people at mealtimes”. Bryson suggests that the existence of certain words in a particular language tells us something about the character of the people who speak it.
      1. We discussed whether we think this is true or not.
      2. We cane up with some Japanese examples: wabi/sabi, もったいない、どちでもいい(あいまいの文化) and 気
    2. “The Eskimos, as is well known, have 50 words for types of snow” (p. 14). This may be an urban legend. Here is a link to an article that reviews “The Mother Tongue” and discusses some of the many errors of fact that can be found in it.
    3. The various unappetizing words in Italian for different types of pasta, including the memorable “strangled priests“! However, we should remember English also has some unappetizing food names, e.g. “Hot dog, spotted dick, faggots in gravy, toad-in-the-hole“. (Click on each link to see some pictures).


  1. Write a short summary (100-200 words) of what we read today in the textbook. Use the following format.
College paper format
College paper format. (Image courtesy of Mr. Lopate's "Writing Tips and Hints" blog. Click the image to visit the blog)

  • Each of the following expressions from page 17 has two meanings, a literal meaning and an idiomatic meaning. Find both meanings for each expression:
    1. take French leave
    2. Dutch courage
    3. French letters
    4. Spanish fly
    5. Mexican carwash