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Are you interested in what is happening around the globe and curious about foreign traditions? Ever wondered what is going on in Ukraine and why it matters for the rest of the world? Maybe you question how the four-day work week law will work out for Belgium? Wondering what a Jubilee is and why Queen Elizabeth II is celebrating it? Then this is the group for you!
These things may seem far away and inconsequential, but the modern world is a delicate house of cards, and with the globalisation of businesses and rise of international conglomerates countries have become more codependent on each other than ever. What happens on the other side of the world will have indirect impacts all around the globe. Knowing other countries’ traditions and current events has become all the more important to understanding global trends, and that is what this group will focus on, with the aim of helping each become a global citizen in our global society.
What we talk about each session will be up to you! Members won’t be expected to read everything beforehand— but do expect to discuss the article in question during the session. Logistical details, such as time and place of the sessions, can be discussed and modified during the first session.
In this term, we are bound to explore the stunning experience of one of the earliest⎯ and the most avant-garde⎯ dystopian world ever materialized in the history of literature, written by the reputed English novelist George Orwell, 1984. In the following weeks, we will get to know more about the literary genre: dystopia and its extended works. We will also parallel the fictional world with the existed reality in terms of seeing how dystopian fictions, especially 1984, echo back to the living human beings throughout centuries and serve as allegories to alert the future societies.
Reading the full book 1984 is required, and simply reading excerpts will not be enough or accepted for the discussion will be based on contextualized knowledge to the whole work, and each group member will take turns being the leader of each session, contributing their genius analyses of the texts to help guide the rest of the members to further decipher the hidden messages that the author encrypted in his fictitious masterpiece. Hopefully, this reading group will be of help to spark the interests of the members in dystopian genre, and to elongate one more branch of literature in their lives. After all, all types of literature are the reflections of the world that we are residing in, and the more we read, the higher chances we would possess to equip ourselves with enough strength to confront with whatever tasks the world gives to us.
Literature is an enduring expression of a significant human experience, written in words, well-chosen, and arranged. It is considered as an “enduring expression” not only because every literary text is documented and published, but because they’re passed from one generation to the other. Every literary text is a reflection of a “significant human experience” which is “written in words” that are “well-chosen and arranged” by the authors and poets.
This English Reading Group will discuss selected literary texts in Taiwan Literature in English. These literary texts are divided into three genres: a) Essays, b) Short Stories and c) Poetry. The group will be trained on how to “read” literature by looking at the elements and meanings. The participants will be divided into three according to the genres, and the facilitator will train them on how to interpret a literary text, and on how to present their response.
At the end of each session, the group will be asked about the “significant human experience” that they got from the assigned text that meeting. The final session will be about sharing their responses from the discussion of the selected literary texts in Taiwan Literature in English.
Minimalism is now more popular than ever before. It was first introduced mainly in the marketing and design aspect, but grows into something more. Minimalism is even one of the form in music, which emphasize on limited music materials. The mantra of “less is more” emphasizes on the value of simple lifestyle, helps people detaching from materialism. Certainly there is nothing wrong about possessing stuffs, but sometimes we could get lost, falling into the void of materialism.
If we stop being constantly deluded by advertisement, does it make a difference? Are you pursuing what truly matters to you? Still, there is never a modal answer of lifestyle for everyone. How about yours? Share with us!
''Through me you pass into the city of woe:
Through me you pass into eternal pain:
Through me among the people lost for aye.
Justice the founder of my fabric mov'd:
To rear me was the task of power divine,
Supremest wisdom, and primeval love.
Before me things create were none, save things
Eternal, and eternal I endure.
All hope abandon ye who enter here.'' (III,1-9)
Have you ever pictured the look of hell and heaven? Do you believe there is a trail waiting to judge every deed you have ever perpetrated? If you are granted a chance to arrange the afterworld, what is your standard of good or evil? And what is your rewards/punishments?
In this session, we are going to delve into Dante’s inner world about his imagination on the afterworld via his canonical work—Commedia, or Divine Comedy. To understand Dante’s standard on good and evil, we will dismantle every detail that Dante left within his greatest work. After all the lectures and discussion, we will collectively create our afterworld together.
This reading group is an introduction to Greek mythology. We'll look at the myths and mythical characters of ancient Greece and discuss the different myths depicted through literature, poetry, and cinema. Participants will leave with an understanding of why myths continue to be so popular, how they resonate in our daily lives, and their impact on society. In the process, we will explore and deepen our understanding of Greek culture and how these myths influenced folk tales and popular fictions.
Visible Thinking is a research-based approach to teaching thinking, begun at Harvard Graduate School of Education - Project Zero, that develops students' thinking dispositions, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the topics they study.
1. 1st week: Warm-up activities, The Labors of Hercules
2. 2nd week: Greek Mythological Monsters
3. 3rd week: The Rape of Europa paintings
4. 4th week: Zeus, Poseidon, Hades
5. 5th week: Preparing for final presentation
6. 6th week: Preparing for final presentation
Course Materials: (No book is required.)
3. ⼤師為你說的希臘神話：永遠的宇宙諸神⼈︔作者 Jean-Pierre Vernant、譯者⾺向民
5. The Magical World of Harry Potter A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts; written by David Colbert
6. Percy Jackson & the Olympians (The Sea of Monsters); written by Rick Riordan
Welcome to Cathy's English reading group! The topic we're going to explore together is LANGUAGE!
Nice to meet you! This is Cathy from the Department of English. I'm currently a 2nd year graduate student majoring in linguistics. My research interest is syntax, which concerns how sentences and grammar work. To make it more general, how languages share similarities and differences with each other . In brief it's more about how they work rather than how many languages we speak or know.
Have you ever wondered what "linguistics" is? What do linguists do? Is it about learning many languages? Why do we have the innate "sense" of our mother tongue? Do linguists know a lot of languages? And how do we put words together? Join Cathy's English reading group, and we'll explore the secrets to language together!
To begin with, linguistics is a humanity field that explores human language through scientific approaches and evidence. This reading group thus focuses on the exploration of the basic idea of linguistic field, which contains several subfields such as phonology (about sound), semantics (about meaning), syntax (about sentence and grammar), and acquisition (about learning).
In this reading group, we'll have abundant discussions on issues of sound, meaning, and sentence as these all are aspects of language , which also correspond to the topics for each session. In addition, we're going to have a lot of fun with some extra activities such as looking at "syntactic tree (i.e., visualizing sentence structures)" and having debates on acquisition issues.
As for the format, the reading group is designed as a six week session, with an extra event of an English party around the end of the semester. In each meeting, we'll listen to and watch clips (mostly taken from Tedtalk), read scientific articles, and discuss relevant issues together (for example, your experience of learning languages). The materials are all about linguistics related topics, which will vary by length and difficulty . During the sessions, you will have great chances to speak English and to polish your English listening and reading skills. We’ll also practice summarizing together. At the end of this semester, you will have some idea about linguistics.
The most important thing is that everybody is welcomed, regardless of prerequisite of linguistics welcomed, regardless of prerequisite of linguistics, tics, language background, or English proficiency. I believe that you’ll like it, and I look forward to your language background, or English proficiency. I believe that you’ll like it, and I look forward to your joining!
Instead of using some books to leading the group, I would like to use BBC News website and choose one of the article at that time. So how can the reading group work with it? First of all, I will save some time for the group members to read and brief the article. For example, the article of Chris Dawson: How The Teacher's Pet podcast helped catch and jail a killer is about what kind of phenomenon After that, I will ask each person to brief a part of the article and try to find the main idea of it. For instance, the article of Chris Dawson: How The Teacher's Pet podcast helped catch and jail a killer has four parts, each part would content different idea. Then, I will ask them about their thinking about the situation from the article so that they can think about it and remember it. I would help them to practice their critical thinking. Last but not least, I will pick up some new and strange words for them to learn and make sentences with it. It will help them either remember it carefully or increase their creativity. If we still have time, I would like to play some games from the words to make them relax and interesting about it.
Tropical coral reefs face a myriad of threats around the world. More frequent and intense disturbances, such as heatwaves, as well as human activity have pushed corals to the brink of extinction. In Taiwan and around the globe, climate change exacerbates these threats, placing further pressure on these fragile ecosystems. Despite coral reefs taking up very little space of the world’s ocean (~15 times the size of Taiwan), they harbor over 25% of marine species with their annual economic value estimated to be as high as $9.9 trillion USD. For all 50 years, coral reefs have however been in decline and that is why research focusing on the recovery and resilience of these systems is crucial. Taiwan’s coral reefs are positioned on the edge of the coral triangle, situated in one of the largest ocean currents (the Kuroshio), making Taiwanese corals a vital stepping stone for corals further north towards Okinawa, mainland Japan and the Korean Peninsula. Our group will focus on the lifecycle of corals, from birth (spawning) to mortality (death) and everything in between (dispersal/connectivity/survival etc). We will focus on the basics of coral reefs, answering questions such as “what is a coral?”, “how can we protect coral reefs?” and “is coral bleaching in Taiwan serious?”. The topic will remain broad and will not require a scientific background. We will use skills in English learning to describe in detail, explain locations on maps and new vocabulary.
Hi! My name is Daniel. I’m from the USA, studying TESOL in the Department of English here at NTNU. I’ve been an English teacher for 4 years, teaching both adults and children, so if you want someone who can answer your questions about English, then definitely join my group.
Our group will discuss current events and culture by reading and/or watching videos from sites such as The New York Times, The Economist, The BBC, etc. I chose current events as the topic because it gives us the freedom to choose whatever it is we’re interested in. I’ll ask the students to supply some topics so that we can make sure everyone feels engaged in the group.
Hope to see you there!
Hi, this is White. I am now PhD Student in Department of English. I have been teaching for more than 15 years, ranging from cram school to university. I am a humorous and expressive person, so you will definitely enjoy my group.
The focus of this group is on short stories that deal with the issues of genders and races. We will read such short stories by both male and female authors from different eras and discuss the issues that are raised in these texts.
I am looking forward to learning from all of you :D