1. Assignment to prepare for the class on 26-8-2010 (Unit 2)

We have touched the theme of communication and how this influences our identity in the first class. Please reflect on the interplay between the shaping of identities and communication. How does your own identity relate to communication in the broadest sense of the concept? Can you describe who you are in communication with others? How do you relate to others when communicating and what does this say about what makes you unique? We will discuss your findings in the next session.

2. Assignment: "What I stand for"

´╗┐In our first session I asked you to please state in one sentence what you stand for. Students, one for one, stated in a word or two the ideas they stand for. This exercise is meant to kick start the process of critically reflecting on the world of ideas and to become more conscious about the ideas you are drawn to. With the help of the tools provided in this course, what started as a simple process of just naming an idea, will bloom into a more elaborated analysis of the world of ideas: students will explore how meaning is given to ideas and what role this plays in the ongoing identity-shaping process. Go to the page "What I stand for" for the instructions for this assignment and please post your statement.

3. Assignment: The meaning of literacy in everyday life
Interview at least 3 individuals that differ in age, gender and education level.
Ask the following questions:
  • What is the meaning of literacy in your everyday life? (both on the personal as the professional level)
  • What literacy practices are you involved in?
  • What challenges do you encounter in terms of becoming literate in new domains of literacies?
  • What strategies do you have?
Please make notes, so we can share and discuss this in our next session

4. Assignment: Guiding questions for Chapter 2 of Pedagogy of the Oppressed
In Unit 4 we've enter for the first time in the realm of critical literacy. One of the texts you've to read for this unit, is Chapter 2 extracted from the 'Pedagogy of the Oppressed' written by Paulo Freire. Freire has been of great influence on the emerging of Critical Literacy as a philosophy and as a practice, he can be considered as one of the founding fathers of the discipline. Since the text, can be experienced as abstract and heavy when reading it for the first time, I've formulated some guiding questions on the content. This will help you digest and reflect on the content step for step. I've also added some additional information on Freire's life and context. by knowing more about his background and the context that inspired the emerging of his vision, you can understand better where Freire and his ideas come from. Please read the text and search the internet for difficult words and more additional information. This can always help your learning journey. Enjoy the ride! Click on the file icon to download the guiding questions:
Answers to Freire's Pedadogy of the Oppressed, chapter 2

5. Assignment: The social construction of women in ads during different periods in time (in the 60's, 80's/90's and now) This is a Bra Commercial in the 60's This is a Bra Commercial NOW
Pai Hu