Getting all organised before the last workshop in May

I managed to return my learning journal for my Approaches to English Linguistics course this week. This week I was reading something on conversational analysis and a  study of social action as sense making practices by Anita Pomerantz and B. J. Fehr, (Conversation analysis, An Approach to the study of social action as sense making practices) as well as

psycholinguistics and work by Tanya Stivers and Federico Mossano on Mobilizing Response  and how they are proposing a model for how responses to social actions are regulated across the species rather than for speakers of one language. Both of the before mentioned articles fall into the category of linguistics but are a bit different from grammar for instance. The latter writers argue that speakers of different languages rely to different degrees on response mobilizing resources, across languages, ethnicities, and cultures and say that people rely on the same four resources: gaze, lexico-morphosyntax, prosody, and epistemic asymmetry, to mobilize response. (=mobilizing response meaning getting an answer from a recipient).

I also accidentally returned my final essay (1200 words) on Skinner for our Academic communication course I. I got the essay done and then sent it through our learning management system Optima to the return box. I almost immediately realised it wasn’t due until the end of the month; and that we were supposed to get some extra instructions for the last part of writing it some time soon… Ah well.

I don’t think I can withdraw it anymore now, but I’ll try and see if I manage to pass the course with this version. Could be a bit risky, but I did work hard on writing it so maybe it’s okay.

I have also been working on a pair teaching assignment online with Jaakko. We should be presenting together in our next workshop as a pair on the topic “B.F. Skinner and Jiddu Krishnamurti and educational philosophies”. I think we need to meet to get the material sorted out. It’s always nice to be able to start working online, but after the initial collecting of material phase, it’s necessary to have a chat face to face. Hope he will have time next week, I have to have my car fixed end of this week so I won’t be driving anywhere I think.

Before our next workshop in mid-May we are to read more short stories; not novels like I wrote earlier. ( I had no idea the stories were so short, we used to read novels when I was a student doing my Master’s degree, but that was last century!). I haven’t yet started on those, so I shall be doing some short stories reading next, I think.

After the workshop we still have a term paper on literature to write & return before mid-June. The paper shall be a critical analysis of ONE of the following short stories:

  • James Joyce:  “A Painful Case”
  • Katherine Mansfield: “Life of Ma Parker”
  • V.S. Naipaul: “The Mechanical Genius”
  • Carson McCullers: “A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.”
  • Flannery O’Connor: “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”

I haven’t read any of the short stories yet, but we are recommended to read them all and then pick which one to write the term paper about. We will see if I can get them all read or if time runs out and I only manage one.

In addition to all the above we also have a home exam coming up in English grammar I! We have something to read for the exam. I doubt it was the Glossary of English Grammar Terms even though it’s given as a resource to us in Optima. I have to start finding out… It’s coming up soon. Have a great rest of the week!


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