Hello again, and welcome to the fifth week of spring quarter here at HIUC. It is now the middle of the term, and students are getting involved in major projects. In the college-level reading and writing class, they are reading the novel The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway. This week, they had two panel discussions on the story—one on Monday, and one on Friday. Two members of the class led everyone in a discussion of things such as the main characters of the story, the plot, and figurative language. The members of the audience took turns and explained their ideas about these things. The leaders also gave their input. In another week, they will finish the book and will begin work on an analysis paper.
On Wednesday, they reviewed the morphemes (or “word parts”) that they have been learning this quarter. They had to understand new words by recognizing the morphemes. Then they had conversations and used the new words in their conversations. Next week, they will be having a large review quiz on the fifty morphemes they have learned so far.
For the rest of the class, everyone discussed two articles that they had read for homework. One article was about the food industry. An anthropologist worked at a chicken processing plant and did research on the treatment of the workers there. The second article was about marketing. It was written by a business consultant, and he wrote about how companies persuade people to buy their products. After going over the questions from the textbook, the students discussed some critical thought questions such as, “Was the content of the article balanced and objective?”
The mood here is gradually getting more intense as the weeks pass. Students know this is their last quarter, and their next stop is an overseas college or university. Check back here soon for more developments.