Teaching-learning-a paradigm shift

Having spent almost fifteen years in the field of formal education, today I am intrinsically forced to rewrite my assumptions on the present education system.The system has degenerated into a  factory of manufacturing workaholics and ‘politicians’ who are practical minded and ethically detached. Ironically, instead of forming confident and competent human beings for future, it produces fearful individuals who are always melancholic and phobic. In order to avoid these apparent inabilities they plunge themselves into partying, alcoholism and ‘workaholism’.

The fundamental question has to be answered- What is education?. Is it from womb to tomb? Is it that enables you to procure an employment? Is it that makes you literate? Is it that differentiates you from animals and birds on this planet? Is it that makes you more creative and innovative? Is it voluntary or involuntary? Whether so called educated ones are better than others? Is it just a social conditioning? By formal education, whether the learners are equipped with life skills or other skills? Are they capable of leading a happy life after their formal education?

Answering to all these questions would make one probe into the very essence of education. All educators, curriculum developers and mentors should contemplate on this gravely and have to come up with a sound education system which would encompass ethical, social, physical, psychological aspects of it.

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Amelioration and Pejoration

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Links

  1. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/3/15/1284995/-Origins-of-English-Amelioration-and-Perjoration
  2. https://aggslanguage.wordpress.com/semantic-change/
  3. http://lexicondaily.blogspot.in/2009/03/pejoration.html
  4. http://www.concursurilecomper.ro/rip/2015/martie2015/43-BamiopolLauraEmilia-Articol.pdf
  5. http://www.answers.com/Q/What_are_examples_of_pejoration
  6. http://habib.camden.rutgers.edu/2014/05/14/amelioration-and-pejoration-a-linguistic-dialectic-between-hegel-and-saussure-by-joseph-turkot/
  7. https://www.wordnik.com/words/pejoration

Sample commentary on Kwame Nkrumah Speech AS level-paper-1

Kwame Nkrumah skillfully manifests his rhetorical skills to persuade his country men manipulating varied possibilities and conventions of language. He opens his talk vividly pointing out the ‘means’ to achieve his objective, ‘African unity’ that is compared uni vocally  to ‘political kingdom’. this metaphor and frequent usage of ‘our people’, ‘our own’ and ‘we’ creates a sense of belonging and subsequent unity.

He makes an obvious assault on the ‘western colonial manipulation  of Africa’ when he makes an anaphoric statement, ‘ills of the past’ and the apt metaphor, “the milch cow’ of the western world’. He admonishes his listeners to channelize ‘their resentment’ for the betterment of the nation. By exposing some facts about western economy such as ‘basic economic might of the foreign powers-comes from our continent’ urges Africans to realize their own self worth.

Rhetorical questions with metaphors of the ‘opresser’ ( western colonials) such as ‘what need is there for us to remain hewers of wood and drawers of water for the industrialized world’ aimed at igniting the dormant spirit of Africans. Consecutive direct statements in the second paragraph also serve the purpose.

The speaker shows a clear-cut awareness of the need of the hour and relevant when he says ‘ at the tempo demanded by today’s events and mood of our people’. He also brings out the glaring contradictions in the views and perspectives of the other parts of the world about Africa. He unfolds the per-conceived notions  of non African races and the Western world in particular.Thus the facts and figures in the 3rd and 4th paragraphs would be an eye-opener for Africans to realize their own mammoth potentials.

The repetition ‘we have resources’ boosts listener’s morale. Another idiomatic usage ‘ tackle the by the horn’ persuades his people to rise and act in unison for a common purpose.

He comes up with a realistic and authentic action plan when he says, ‘with capital controlled by our own banks, harnessed to our own true industrial development’ and it advocates the need for self-reliance and self-governess. By using the metaphors of ‘parasite’ and a ‘disease’ which Africans need to ‘get rid of and ‘to cure’. He attacks colonial invasion and subsequent exploitation of western countries.

Moreover, by craft fully using same syntactical patterning at the concluding paragraph to convince, mobilize and unite Africans to a ‘pan African unity’ the speaker succeeded to evoke a sense of clarity in his mission and vision of his country and people at large.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 essentials of successful writing

Hi friends, please do watch this video and believe me  that it will definitely  improve your writing skills.

 

The following links also would help you to read articles on successful writing techniques.

10 Writing Techniques: Anyone Can Write!

5 Powerful Writing Techniques That Bring Stories to Life

http://study.com/academy/lesson/narrative-techniques-in-writing-definition-types-examples.html

Writing techniques

http://www.how-to-write-a-book-now.com/writing-techniques.html

commentary writing link to a video

Hi, AS level students, the following websites and blogs would definitely help you to come up with an effective commentary.

http://zigzageducation.co.uk/synopses/5117-reflective-commentary-a-level-aqa.asp

http://www.wikihow.com/Write-a-Literary-Commentary

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/creative-writing-2750/controlled-assessment

http://www.markedbyteachers.com/as-and-a-level/english/commentary-for-as-level-english-language.html

http://www.humbleisd.net/cms/lib2/TX01001414/Centricity/Domain/2400/Commentary%20Notes.pdf

https://tinabali.wordpress.com/

https://ontheroad29.wikispaces.com/Paper+1+Commentary+Writing?responseToken=368061ced5f618d40d2d6d5e0db7d5ba