Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Division of groups for Nov 16 presentations
Assignment for November 2
- What did you learn from the Lectures?
- Do you see any similarities/differences between Singaporean English and Taiwanese English?
- Any similarities/differences on people's perception/s on the use of a certain language variety?
2. After watching the videos, take the online quiz. You need to post your answers online. Save your work on Word document, print and submit on November 2. This is a graded take-home quiz.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
How to Take Perfect Lecture Notes
Assignment for 10/18 to be posted on OIC
- What did you learn in this lecture, "English as an International Language"?
- Discuss the native and non-native speaker dichotomy. In your opinion, when does this issue become personal and highly sensitive for people who speaks English as a second or foreign language?
- What do you think are the factors that affect the intelligibility of the different varieties of the english language? Give examples.
- What language do you think will replace English as the language for international communication in the near future? Why do say so?
You need to:
1. type and submit your essay during our face-to-face meeting on 10/18
2. post this essay on the OIC message board and encourage other students to participate. Please indicate your English name and student number in your message.
Let me know if you have questions.
Assignment for 10/18
A) Watch Larry Smith's lecture on the OIC, and try to expand the outline of the lecture (Units 1-3) by:
- Joting down details or examples that support the main ideas.
- Taking down examples which the lecturer presents.
- Indicating examples with "e.g."
- Giving special attention to details not covered in the textbook.
Type your work and submit on 10/18. Late assignments won't be accepted.
Outline of Larry Smith's Lectures
UNIT 1 Larry Smith’s Lectures
I. My Current Perspective on EIL
* Historical Perspectives
* Key Concepts
* Future of English as an International Fu
* Language and Further Studies
II. Development of EIL Concept in the 70s
* East West Center Participants from Asia, the Pacific, and the United West Center Participants from Asia, the Pacific, and the United States
* They could understand me and I could understand them BUT
* They couldn’t understand tEACH OTHER
* WRONG ASSUMTION: If I study a variety of native speaker native speaker English and become more and more like that native speaking variety, I will be able to understand those from all other countries and will be understood by them.
III. New Principle:
If we want people to be able to If we want people to be able to understand the
English of people from understand the English of people from another country, we
need to give them another country, we need to give them opportunities to hear
speakers from those opportunities to hear speakers from those countries using
IV. Changes in the Last 30 Years Changes in the Last 30 Years •
* EIL to to World World Englishes
* Kachru’s Three Circles
* Increase in acceptance of Types of Native Speakers
* Total Number of English Users
* Definition of Definition of “fluent”
* EIL as Instrument of Neo EIL as Instrument of Neo-colonialism and colonialism and Linguistic Imperialism
II. Question of Intelligibility •
Possibly that speakers of different varieties of English will soon become unintelligible to one another. (Past, Present, Future)
(Past, Present, Future)
Dimensions of Understanding
• 1. Intelligibility
• 2. Comprehensibility
• 3. Interpretability
III. Miscommunication Prevention
* Literatures in World Literatures in World Englishes
* Professional Associations
* Future of English: English will be replaced as the primary language of international communication