This week, in my American Literature tutorial, we looked at a selection of short stories by Raymond Carver. Although I enjoyed all of the stories, my favourite was 'What We Talk About When We Talk About Love'. Quick Synopsis: The story centres on two couples. The couples start drinking gin and begin reflecting on … Continue reading Rachel Reviews: ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’ by Raymond Carver
Does anyone else enjoy reading about wretched characters? 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' by Oscar Wilde is a novel full of such different (yet interesting) characters. It is similar to many of the books that I have read for Victorian Literature, yet it is one that I have enjoyed the most. “The only … Continue reading Rachel Reviews: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
We have read a lot of classic novels for Victorian literature. Classics seemed to be widely recognised stories that somehow weave themselves into pop culture / television. (The Simpsons have many episodes where they retell classic stories) However, I have found that I had misunderstood the inner details of these texts. Instead of previously knowing … Continue reading Rachel Reviews: Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
I seem to be really enjoying the novels chosen for my American Literature module this semester. 'Song of Solomon' by Toni Morrison is yet another novel that focuses on racial issues. If you are a dedicated reader, you will recall that I review 'Quicksand' by Nella Larsen a few weeks back, and that I enjoyed … Continue reading Rachel Reviews: Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
If you are a TESOL student, you will at some point stumble upon this topic of Critical Pedagogy. I find this a particularly relevant and important topic for ESL teachers to be conscious about. I will provide a brief overview into the topic. Breaking up the phrase: Critical: very straight forward, a questioning … Continue reading Critical Pedagogy – And why we need it.
Once again during my TESOL module, I am learning things which should be common knowledge to me, yet I finish my tutorials feeling incompetent. This has been a relearning process for me, which is perhaps more important than discovering new avenues at the moment. If I take verbs for granted, how am I supposed … Continue reading What are Verbs?
For most of my life I have been aware of a basic understanding of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. I always associated it with a person of who has an extreme personality change. When I began to read the actual text, I realised my understanding of the story was in fact - very naïve. Perhaps you, … Continue reading Rachel Reviews: The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.