“You say tomahto, I say tomayto”

“You say tomahto, I say tomayto”

Languages

United Kingdom / United States

Overview

This project explores cultural comparisons between English 214, 101/5 students in New York and lst level students on the BA in English & Creative writing at CU. While the use of language may be common, the cultural references are often very different. Using the theme of ‘A Night Out’, both sets of students will produce a blog (of travel-type articles) about what students do when socialising in their local town or city.

Aims of the project

  • Appreciation of the relation between students’ field of study locally and professional blog traditions elsewhere
    Ability to reflect upon your own and peers’ cultural references and appreciation of the complex and interacting
  • factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  • Increased competence in using blogs as a form of creative communication

Learning activities

Type of interactions: Asynchronous task using blogs on a specific shared theme followed by reflection of peers’ writing styles, syntax and cultural experience. Start working on blogs from February 1st 2016.

  • Interaction 1 / Stage 1
    • A blog of short articles (500 words each – small group work) using magazine-style format on the theme of “A Night Out”. Both student sets (ENG102/5 and 151DEL) ready for swapping blog links by March 14th 2016.
  • Interaction 2 / Stage 2
    • Once blogs are completed, each group to write a reflection (minimum 300 words, maximum 600) comparing writing styles, syntax and cultural references between both HEIs. Student reflections to tutors by 22nd April.
  • Communication Type
    • Asynchronous

OIL Outputs

  • Blogs – kept as case studies for iterations
  • Reflections

Nature of Activity: Formative

Capturing intercultural development

Short Reflective Report answering:

  1.  What is your appreciation of the relation between students’ field of study locally and professional blog traditions elsewhere
  2. Discuss your own and peers’ cultural references and appreciation of the complex and interacting factors that contribute to notions of culture and cultural relationships
  3. Reflect upon using blogs as a form of creative communication
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