Part 1—Language in Cultural Context My Name: Simran Thadani Directions: Please complete this proposal form and submit it to Moodle (the FOA tab) before class on Monday, Oct 27. Copy and paste your responses directly into the Forum Discussion window and then attach this completed document to your Forum post.
1. A brief description of my FOA activity and topic (e.g. PowerPoint presentation analyzing “metamessages” in mother-daughter speech).
PowerPoint analyzing the ways in which government policies (regarding languages) impacts how individuals use their native tongue and the language the government imposes on them.
2. Will I give an individual FOA or a group FOA? If I’m presenting in a group, what is my role in the FOA?(e.g. individual FOA)
3. Which Part 1 Learning Outcome this relates to? (e.g. “How language and meaning are shaped by culture and context” and the bullet point “the ways in which gender shapes language and influences communication.”)
“The impact of language changes” and the bullet point “the influence of government policy.”
4. What text and/or topic in class is my FOA based upon? (e.g. “Can We Talk” by Deborah Tannen)
My FOA will be based on the topic of how government policies (restricting certain native languages being learned at schools) impact how individuals use languages specifically through the perspectives of the articles “And Then I went to School” by Joe Suina, “Speak it Good and Strong” by Hank Sims, “Obituary” by Lois-Ann Yamanaka, “A Piece of My Heart/Pedacito de mi Corazon” by Carmen Lomas Garza and “The Monitor” by Wangari Muta Maathai.
5. What primary source(s) am I using in my analysis? (e.g. dialogues from “Can we Talk?” as well as actual dialogues between my mother and me)
I am using dialogues from “And Then I went to School” by Joe Suina, “Speak it Good and Strong” by Hank Sims, “Obituary” by Lois-Ann Yamanaka, “A Piece of My Heart/Pedacito de mi Corazon” by Carmen Lomas Garza and “The Monitor” by Wangari Muta Maathai.
6. What is my thesis statement in my FOA? What are my main points supporting this thesis statement? Government policies restricting the use of a child’s native tongue impacts how individuals use languages because government policies act like a lingual (and cultural) bulldozer, at times they (government policies) serve to demean languages/cultures, and instill a sense of (cultural) identity crises in people.