11-LANGUAGE: Fri 30-Oct

As we uncover how languages and their speakers differ from one another, we discover that human natures too can differ dramatically, depending on the languages we speak.- BORODITSKY

The PREP this weekend is:

  • Prepare for your essay
  • Ensure you have a help sheet and at least 2 quotes from your own research
  • Revise

EDMOB out.

11-LANGUAGE: Mon 19-Oct

Hi everyone,

the PREP is:

  • Complete pre-readings [due Friday]
  • See EDMOB about any overdue ASSESSMENT TASKS (Timeline, Ad comparison, English variety research task, or scrapbooks)
  • Come to support sessions Monday and Wednesday lunch if you need help catching up.


11-LANGUAGE: Mon 12-Oct

“If you standardize all these signs, you not only take away the little giggle you get while strolling in the park but you lose a window into the Chinese mind,” said Mr. Radtke, who is the author of a pair of picture books that feature giggle-worthy Chinglish signs in their natural habitat.

The PREP this week is:

  • Finalise bibliography and research
  • Complete W2 pre-readings
  • Be ready to submit research task at end of Friday’s class


11-LANGUAGE: Fri 09-Oct

My answer is yes and no. To give millions a knowledge of English is to enslave them. The foundation that Macaulay laid of education has enslaved us. I do not suggest that he had any such intention, but that has been the result. Is not a sad commentary that we should have to speak of Home Rule in a foreign tongue?- Gandhi

The PREP is:

  • Complete W2 pre-readings [due Friday]
  • Complete some research on your variety [before Monday]
  • Submit any overdue assessment tasks

11-LANGUAGE: Mon 05-Oct

Whitesplaining – derived from “mansplaining” – is a new, zietgeisty, word, but it’s essentially an expression of privilege: the unconscious, unearned and largely un-examined benefits of prejudice. – Catriona Elder

The PREP this week is:

  • Complete T4W1 pre-readings [Due Friday]
  • Submit overdue assessment tasks [Due Monday]
  • Complete any unfinished pre-readings for revision


11-LANGUAGE: Fri 18-Sep

It seems the social media savvy foreign minister backflipped on the late-night blocking spree she went on some months ago, when #blockedbybishop started trending.

She was certainly far more gracious this time, sparking an “emoji-nal” follow-fest while keeping her emoji game strong.- Liz Burke

The PREP for the break is:

  • Complete and submit any of the major assessment tasks for U2AOS1. [Timeline, Ad Comparison & Scrapbooks]
  • Complete the set pre-readings [Due Monday week 1]

11- LANGUAGE: Mon 7-Sep

Portmanteaus can be dumb or brilliant, but either way they are necessary to convey a number of necessary messages in today’s day and age. We have used the same general vocabulary words for centuries, regardless how much every day life has changed. – http://expandedconsciousness.com/

The PREP this week is:

  • get up to date with pre-readings
  • finish and submit advertisement comparison
  • work on scrapbook responses

EDMOB out.