Any way we consider identity, we use words to do so, to name the deep concepts, the surface elements, the conflicts, and we use language to describe and define the identities of both ourselves and those around us.
What is the relationship between language and identity?
Identity can be slippery maybe you know who you are, 100%. Do others see you clearly, 100% of the time? Maybe you have questions about the nature of your identity. Maybe your identity is complex. Any way we consider identity, we use words to do so, to name the deep concepts, the surface elements, the conflicts, and we use language to describe and define the identities of both ourselves and those around us. What is the relationship between language and identity?
For your first Further Oral Activity (FOA) we will explore the following IB English Part 1 Learning Outcome: Demonstrate an awareness of how language and meaning are shaped by culture and context. To do so, we will narrow our focus to consider the question “What is the relationship between language and identity?”
Guidelines and Expectations:
Presentations will take place beginning the week of November 30
6 - 8 minute presentation (12 - 16 minutes if you present with a partner)
Must have at least 2 minutes of follow up questions
Must write a Reflective Statement after your presentation (required by IB). These statements are due at the beginning of the next class period.
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Dig into and expose your cultural values and/or the cultural values of one or more of our texts studied in this unit using the metaphor of Hall’s Cultural Iceberg (Explanation) (Visual) for support. Using links to and analysis of one or more texts from this unit, explore the connection to or disconnect between specific aspects named in the various “levels” of culture. Illuminate how the relationship between these factors illustrate the perceived and real identity of a specific group of people, avoiding stereotyping as you do so.
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