sabato 4 aprile 2015
PLN An English teacher who continues learning and wants to be updated thanks to MOOCs
What I have been doing in the last months is a personal study which I carried out thanks to COURSERA and also the platform FUTURELEARN.(www.futurelearn.com)
Last year I could follow an inspiring course about literature of the English Countryside and I must confess that the journey was great since I learnt a lot about English writers and the study was interesting since I could see houses and nice places in the English countryside. In September I continued my journey and could learn more about Ireland and its past history. In January I learnt more about the British Empire thanks to the MOOC " Empire" which was organized by Futurelearn.
What I liked was the idea of presenting history and literature with lots of images and documents on line, the professors made the courses lively and there was a lot of interaction among students in the courses, It was an international group of people like me who wanted to continue studying on line and the courses were free. With Futurelearn you just need to pay for a certificate once you have done most of the activities.
Futurelearn is a great course provider : in most cases you can can download videos for the MOOC that you are doing and what's more at the end of each course you are provided with web links and lists of interesting books you might decide to read as a follow up.
For the British Empire we had an interesting blog which was updated and as a result people could follow interesting ideas about what had been presented in the course:
http://imperialglobalexeter.com/empire-the-controversies-of-british-imperialism/ ( this part of the blog deals with the main issues presented in the course )
http://imperialglobalexeter.com/ ( the blog is full of information about the British Empire and studies)
Students who worked and studied on the Mooc presented images on padlet, which I discovered is a web 2.0 tool that is widely used now by many educators and in Mooc courses.
LEARNING ABOUT AUSTRALIAN LITERATURE - COURSERA MOOC Spring 2015
Right now I am doing the final part of another course with Coursera: it is a " rough" study of Australian Literature but I have learnt something new about this country and its people. I am going to write about this journey into literature because as a Teacher of English I need to use any documents in English to present a culture and also the past history of the British Empire or the new born nations : I learnt about the end of the Empire but I did not know much about the other Literatures in English . At university I had never studied Australian literature , I just read some short stories by Catherine Mansfield who was born in New Zeland. I did a lot about Shakespeare but almost nothing about Australian and South African novelists or poets. It is going to be a nice weekend spent on some Australian writers and poets and I will describe later what was interesting and new in terms of themes and also names. My journey has just begun!
This is an interesting link for further research on line:
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
You might also like to read about poetry from Australia:
What I have studied so far has made me become more interested in these authors because I have read about " beautiful minds", women and men who have loved, hated their country but have described it.
D.H.Lawrence moved to Australia and hoped to find a place where to live and find his ideal world. You could read this interesting essay about D.H. Lawrence and the bush :
I have learnt about Patrick White and his great novel VOSS: this is a masterpiece of literature
which was published in 1957.
It is the story of Voss , a German naturalist and Laura but it is based on the past history of Australia. The plot is interesting and it describes their relationship and how he will disappear.
The novel is considered one of the most important ones and if you want to learn more about it just read this comment which I found on the GUARDIAN ON LINE:
Patrick White got the Nobel Prize in Literature and much has been written about him: to learn more just check this weblink
Enjoy learning and reading more about culture and literature in English!