Good morning everyone!
Exam results for the English I and II written exams will be available after Sept. 14th. From my point of view, they went pretty well. Anyway, we’ll have the results for you early next week.
You will also notice that I’ve added a page at the top here. It is called “Job Search” and contains links and information to help you with job searches. Remember – I post things in English, meaning that the content is culturally Anglophone! This may change the way that YOU understand or use the advice and materials given! Consider that when you look at the attached ppts or video. I just posted this page today, so it is in the early stages of development. Any suggestions?
We’re down to less than a month away from starting up the academic year again – HOORAYYY!!!! I honestly can’t wait to get back to work. I’ll be honest, 10 week semesters don’t seem like quite enough time to get everything done. SO – where did we leave off?
Once again, we’ll be discussing various facets of the relationships between language, culture and business. It has become a research area of mine, and I’m learning a great deal more about how the three areas relate and how they are PERCEIVED to relate (remember the PERCEPTIVITY LINE from business communications? heh heh). I was watching a great video – ok, designed to generate interest in a company, but what the hell – that explained the role of emotions in memory and decision making. The more I learn about the relationships between learning, memory and decision making (particularly in how they affect economic behaviour) the more I realise that people really should pay more attention to how they function COME LE BESTIE!!!! – literally. This year we’ll try to pay more attention to these factors and how culture is perceived differently from a management point of view or from a market point of view. In the end, I agree with Landes – to a point – culture does influence the greatest part of our social interaction. It is time we begin to redraw the lines separating our cognitive and academic categories and begin to take new currents in learning and thought seriously. i.e. – Language and Culture for Business is a great place to start a career in Economics (and then you have to study math!)
I’ll be teaching 1 hour a week in the Laurea Magistrale 2 – in which we will look very closely at current thought on language, identity and culture, economic behaviour and the way culture influences this. The primary question addressed (answered? you be the judge!) is “why language and culture for business?” i.e. – what is the utility? What can it do? What can’t it do? We will deal with these topics in conjunction with the course offering by Elisabeth Ferguson – who will look specifically at the role of English language cultures in the global arena and how they have developed.
This will require a bit of an overhaul of my general teaching. I will cut back on the power point (it HAD to happen) and have YOU THE STUDENT do many presentations! YAY! Specifically, students will divide up into groups of 7-10 and each group will be asked to follow a video or blog channel online. Each week the groups will collectively report the news from their video channels and blogs. I will provide a list of media channels that we may choose from. This activity will be accounted for in marking – somehow. I will post the list of video channels and blogs as soon as I have developed them! We will, however, be following media from three major categories – you guessed it – language, culture and business. It will be interesting to compare the trends in these areas!
Here’s the link to the youtube video:
Enough for now – for those of you continuing to do exams in this period – good luck!
For the rest of you – see you soon!