Writing about Language Learning ~ Duke Kunshan University
Class Notes and Assignments
Tues. Oct. 15
Essay 3 due in class
Thurs. Oct. 17
Report on independent language learning project due in class
Tues. Oct. 22
Essay 4 (reflection on independent language learning projects) due at 12pm noon
Due Tues. Oct. 15 in class
What is one interesting insight that the readings we’ve done this session give us into the nature of success in language learning?
Due Mon. Sept. 30 at 4pm
In a brief essay, attempt to answer the question: Can Gardner and Lambert’s theory of “integrative motivation” help explain Peter Hessler’s success in learning Chinese?
In a brief essay, attempt to answer the question: What do effective language learners have in common? What, in your view, seems to be the key factor or factors in their success?
A rough guide to what your summary paragraph needs to do.
“Reporting verbs” are verbs used to introduce something someone else says, writes, or believes. This handy sheet gives examples of a few of the most common ones.
Answers to all the questions you may have about how this class works.
The official syllabus for EAP101, with a general description of the course and relevant school policies.
In this short article published in Quartz, a popular business magazine, Nicola Prentis examines the academic research behind the common observation that people feel like they have different personalities in different languages.
Famed American novelist Jhumpa Lahiri explains her decision to remake herself as a writer—in Italian.
This book, published in 1972, introduced the influential ideas of “integrative” and “instrumental” motivation to learn a language.
In this influential essay first published in 1975, language-learning researcher Joan Rubin explores the question: Is there a particular set of strategies used by good language learners that contributes to their success?
This chapter from the guidebook American Ways analyzes some common ways that Americans think and express themselves.
In this article in The Guardian, Lauren Razavi explores what motivates language learners.
Linguist Angel Lin writes about the role English study played in her life while growing up in Hong Kong.
Language-learning enthusiast Lydia Machova explains what she believes to be the key to success in language learning.
In this article published in the British newspaper The Guardian, linguist Alison Mackey overviews the subject of motivation in language learning.
Rivertown is Peter Hessler's memoir of living and teaching in rural Sichuan province as a Peace Corps volunteer in the 1990s. It is one of the most widely read accounts in the English-speaking world of living in China as a foreigner.
A short personal essay in which author Yiyun Li describes her childhood in 1980s Beijing and the origins of her desire to study English.