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Textual biasfree23 February 2012

One of the suggested topics for Part 2 in the Language A: Language and Literature guide is 'textual bias'. Perhaps you have read a text and thought: 'This has been written with a particular agenda.'... more

Figurative languagefree21 February 2012

Language can be used to stretch our imagination, to make the impossible sound possible, and to bring abstract ideas to life. What kind of language use are we talking about? Figurative language is a broad... more

Worksfree18 February 2012

The nature of Part 3 means that lessons are organized around literary works. Because Part 3 works should be contextually rich in order to meet the intended learning outcomes, they may require research... more

Decontextualization18 February 2012

To understand the importance of the terms 'audience' and 'purpose', we need to ask ourselves: 'What do we know about the context in which a particular text was written?' Often times we look for contextual... more

Social languages18 February 2012

In his book, An Introduction to Discourse Analysis, James Gee explains that each one of us uses many languages in the course of our daily lives. Although we may always be speaking English (or Korean... more

Chinese poem18 February 2012

By examining different translations of the same poem, we can begin to identify some of the difficulties that translators face. Questions about word choice, rhyme, point of view and tone help develop... more

Why speak differently?free17 February 2012

As we study language and evolution, we eventually come across the question: 'Why do people speak differently?' In brief there are four explanations that we can give. People speak differently for... more

Anti-tech terms17 February 2012

Language can reflect changes in the way people relate to their world. The rise and development of technology in our lives has led to a whole new set of words to describe the way we use technology and... more

Pikey English17 February 2012

How do we exert power by speaking differently? People can often include or exclude others by the way they speak. Word choice, speed, syntax and accent all play a role in how we exert power through language. more

Community of practice17 February 2012

A 'community of practice' is defined as a group of people who develop and share ways of doing things, ways of talking, beliefs and values - which can be called 'practices'. A community of practice can... more