Resources and ideas for English teachers in South Africa, courtesy of St Alban's College Library
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Andrew van Zyl's insight:
Some interesting reflections on effective sign-writing for protest marches. A topical post and might make for an interesting discussion around language and protest.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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