Foa Part 1 Topics For Essays

Here is a suggested framework for completing this activity.

1. Choose a primary source (an actual piece of text to be studied) that is rich and relevant to the topic (language and power or language and identity/social relations – CULTURE AND CONTEXT).

2. Analyse the source using the ‘Big 5′.  (This will be the ‘content’ of your presentation.)

3. Think about the best form for your presentation – persuasive speech, informal oral presentation, creative skit, or something else? Watch the following to get some ideas (these relate to part 2 of the course, but they do give us some ideas about the difference between ‘form’ and ‘content’):

* Chocolate biscuits (speech)
* Killing Us Softly (presentation)
* Mad Men – ‘The Carousel’ (campaign pitch)

There are also ideas in the FOA resources in the Google doc folder.

4. After completing this initial work, fill out the Google doc ‘FOA Proposal’ in the class share folder.  Get feedback from your teacher and peers.

5. Get to work analysing, compiling, writing and practising your speech.

6. Present! (Due Mon 18 November)  Remember you also need to fill out a reflection after your presentation.

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Part 1: Language in Cultural Context

Overview & Learning Outcomes

In Part 1: Language in cultural context, we focus on how language develops in specific contexts, how meaning is determined by context, and how people express their identities through language.
In this part of the course, you will be introduced to a range of text types, centered around various themes and topics. Topics covered will include: language and identity, language and community, language and translation, language and power, language and gender.

Throughout this part of the course, you will learn how to:
  • Analyse how audience and purpose affect the structure and content of texts.
  • Analyse the impact of language changes.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context.

Language & Identity/Language & Community                       

mothertonguequestions.docx
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onegoodstory_king.pdf
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code_switching_and_language_crossing.docx
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Language & thought

sapirwhorf_-_linguistic_relativity.pdf
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The Evolution & Extinction of Languages

the_evolution_of_english.doc
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the_evolution_of_language_babel_or_babble.pdf
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Video: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! - John McWhorter on the benefits of texting
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmvOgW6iV2s

Language & Gender

Additional Language links

part_1_language_argumentative_essay_task_sheet_.docx
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Part 1: Argumentative Essay Task
Video: "Words"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0HfwkArpvU
Video: "Sociolinguistics and Dialects"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uEabSWeO02E
Video: The Linguistics of AAVE
https://youtu.be/pkzVOXKXfQk

Video: What your speaking style, like, says about you (Vera Regan)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAGgKE82034
Video: "One Woman, 17 British Accents"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyyT2jmVPAk
Video: 3 Ways to Speak English
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9fmJ5xQ_mc

Video: The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis: Linguistic Determinism & Linguistic Relativity (with support and refutations)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z3QswCgdoU
Video: Can Language Affect How you Spend Time and Money? (Language and thought examples.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=US7wLCbZ84M
Video: How languages evolve - Alex Gendler for TedEd
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWDKsHm6gTA

Video: What does the world lose when a language dies?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lNjnE_-Log
Video: Stephen Fry on language pedantry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7E-aoXLZGY

Video: Word Crimes bye "Weird" Al Yankovic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gv0H-vPoDc

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