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Resources and ideas for English teachers in South Africa, courtesy of St Alban's College Library (If you would like to receive a weekly newsletter of the latest items in this Scoop just mail me at vanzyla@stalbanscollege.com)
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Things White People Killed in 2016 I Mic

Published on Feb 20, 2017
From the word "woke" to dabbing, we take a moment to remember the things white people killed in 2016.

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This was pretty funny-a great way to start conversations about language, ownership etc.

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How the BBC makes Planet Earth look like a Hollywood movie I VOX

Published on Feb 20, 2017
The technology behind the cinematic style of the BBC's Planet Earth II.

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Dancing the Death Drill by Fred Khumalo puts spotlight on the SS Mendi sinking I SABC

Published on Feb 18, 2017
A new book Dancing the Death Drill - has put the spotlight on the sinking of the SS Mendi a century ago to the day by journalist and author Fred Khumalo. He spoke to us earlier about his inspiration and gave us some historical context to the incident.

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3 ways to fix a broken news industry I Lara Setrakian TED Talk

3 ways to fix a broken news industry I Lara Setrakian TED Talk | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Jan 2017

Something is very wrong with the news industry. Trust in the media has hit an all-time low; we're inundated with sensationalist stories, and consistent, high-quality reporting is scarce, says journalist Lara Setrakian. She shares three ways we can fix the news to better inform all of us about the complex issues of our time.

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What It’s Like To Be Dyslexic I BuzzFeed

Published on Feb 18, 2017
It can make little things kind of hard.

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The rise of 'fake news', manipulation and 'alternative facts' - BBC Newsnight

Published on Feb 6, 2017
How do we discern what is true and what is ‘fake news’ in the fast-paced age of social media and technology? Our technology editor David Grossman reports.

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Diversity guarantees our cultural survival I Letters of Note

Diversity guarantees our cultural survival I Letters of Note | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

In November of 1993, a week after the death of celebrated Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, the New York Times published an article by Bruce Weber in which he made clear his impatience with the supposedly opaque, perplexing movies of directors like Fellini. One person who read the piece was Martin Scorsese--he responded by letter.

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What I Know by Lee Robinson

What I Know by Lee Robinson | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

What I know for sure is less and less:
that a hot bath won’t cure loneliness.

That bacon is the best bad thing to chew
and what you love may kill you.

The odd connection between perfection
and foolishness, like the pelican
diving for his fish.

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Boy with the Flying Cheekbones | By Sarah Lubala | An African Poem

Boy with the Flying Cheekbones | By Sarah Lubala | An African Poem | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it
Dear Théophile
i imagine your bed
stills smells like burnt sugar
and keen aching
i cannot cross the threshold
that room is steeped in a fever so ravenous
it devours the air

lately,
i’ve been thinking about all the hungers
in men’s chests
because
something about absence and
the heart growing fonder
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Pussies and Appropriation – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pussies and Appropriation – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

31 Jan 2017

The Pussy Hat Project is a classic example of appropriation, taking a term that has been used as a slur and turning it into a badge of group identity and cohesion.

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Shakespeare's Sonnets and the Use of Personification - Professor Belinda Jack I Gresham College

Published on Feb 2, 2017
'When well-appareled April on the heel/ Of limping winter treads'. A calendar month cannot dress, nor can a season walk.
This lecture will explore the magic of personification in Shakespeare's poetry.

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Keep Out of Our Shining City On a Hill

Keep Out of Our Shining City On a Hill | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

31 Jan 2017

Hello down there! It’s so nice of you to come to the edge of our city on a hill. We are a model society and an example for the entire world to look upon. I myself am just a normal citizen enjoying a walk on the top of this giant protective wall to take in the wholesome air and think about how wonderful everything is today.

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An emergency guide to writing protest signs - Creative Review

An emergency guide to writing protest signs - Creative Review | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

31 Jan 2017

As protestors tap into the power of the slogan, Nick Asbury looks at some of the most effective techniques. No one needs a guide to writing protest signs. The whole point is that they’re a (literally) crowd-sourced tradition that springs from raw political feeling distilled into urgent slogans that often prove surprisingly enduring.

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Some interesting reflections on effective sign-writing for protest marches. A topical post and might make for an interesting discussion around language and protest.

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Fake News Is Contagious. Is It Coming For You? I Mic

Published on Feb 15, 2017
Fake news is spreading like a disease and it's coming for you. Are you ready?

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Chimamanda Adichie on What Americans Get Wrong About Africa I The Atlantic

Published on Feb 21, 2017
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the author of books like Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun. In this animated interview, the Nigerian-born author describes coming to America for college and being floored by how little her classmates knew about Africa. Cautioning against a single story has become a tenet of her life’s work. “I don't think stereotypes are problematic because they're false. That's too simple,” she says. “Stereotypes are problematic because they're incomplete.”

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Where are you from? I The Journalist

Where are you from? I The Journalist | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

22 Feb 2017

Identity Interrogation is a commonplace experience for Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, a black African woman, who was born in Germany, grew up in Sierra Leone and studied in Canada and America. She has lived in Canada half of her life, but is still asked the question: “Where are you from?” Her recently released book, Identities: A short story collection, is a compilation of experiences on global African identities that spark dialogues that go beyond stereotypes and assumptions of African experiences.

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People Re-Create Iconic High Fashion Ads I BuzzFeed

Published on Feb 18, 2017
A diverse group of participants re-created iconic high fashion ads.

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Here’s How Fake News Works (and How the Internet Can Stop It) | WIRED

Published on Feb 14, 2017
Many fake news peddlers didn’t care if Trump won or lost the election. They only wanted to pocket money. But the consequences of what they did shook the world. This is how it happened.

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Marriage of Many Years
by Dana Gioia

Marriage of Many Years<br/>by Dana Gioia | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Most of what happens happens beyond words.
The lexicon of lip and fingertip
defies translation into common speech.
I recognize the musk of your dark hair.
It always thrills me, though I can’t describe it.
My finger on your thigh does not touch skin—
it touches your skin warming to my touch.
You are a language I have learned by heart.

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Subway Psalm by Alden Nowlan

Subway Psalm by Alden Nowlan | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

It’s the first storm of the winter
and the worst since 1888,
the girl on television said.

I keep slipping in my leather-soled shoes.
Twice I’ve turned into a windmill
in my efforts to keep from falling.

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Antilamentation by Dorianne Laux

Antilamentation by Dorianne Laux | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

Regret nothing. Not the cruel novels you read
to the end just to find out who killed the cook.
Not the insipid movies that made you cry in the dark,
in spite of your intelligence, your sophistication.
Not the lover you left quivering in a hotel parking lot,
the one you beat to the punchline, the door, or the one
who left you in your red dress and shoes, the ones
that crimped your toes, don’t regret those.

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Interview: Adichie Talks HOAYS, Emotional Truth, and the Pain of Fiction with The Muse Journal

Interview: Adichie Talks HOAYS, Emotional Truth, and the Pain of Fiction with The Muse Journal | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

The Muse was founded in 1963 and is reputed to be the oldest student journal in West Africa. This particular issue features an interview with Adichie. In the course of the interview, conducted by Arinze Ifeakandu, who was editor at the time, Adichie talks about her writing and reading experiences, her process and philosophy, what emotional truth is, and the pain of fiction.

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Trump’s ‘Use’ of ‘Quotation Marks’ – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Trump’s ‘Use’ of ‘Quotation Marks’ – Lingua Franca - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | English teachers in South Africa | Scoop.it

2 Feb 2017

But there has never been a president whose writing has been as in our face — from Day 1 — as Trump. That, of course, is due to his obsessive tweeting. Examining his style in this forum is not trivial or superficial. As Georges Louis Leclerc Buffon long ago remarked, “The style is the man himself.” A sensitive examination of someone’s verbal expression is a window into his or her mentality.

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The bookish football star I CBS

Published on Feb 5, 2017
When Steve Hartman first met Malcolm Mitchell three years ago, the wide receiver - then playing for the University of Georgia - had been invited to join a book club. He was the only man in the club, and by far the youngest. But he was proud to be called a nerd. Today, Mitchell is playing for the New England Patriots, and he's taken his love of reading to a new level: writing a children's book, "The Magician's Hat."

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Women Get Photoshopped Into Cultural Beauty Standards • Ladylike I Buzzfeed

Published on Jan 29, 2017

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