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UWRT 1104

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UWRT 1104 - 001
Dr.Meaghan Rand
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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Meghana Reddy on Saturday January 23, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to UWRT 1104 at University of North Carolina - Charlotte taught by Dr.Meaghan Rand in Spring 2016. Since its upload, it has received 25 views. For similar materials see UWRT 1104 - 001 in Writing at University of North Carolina - Charlotte.


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Date Created: 01/23/16
Literacy and knowledge go hand in hand as we have seen in last week’s readings. I feel like  even little things like our home language, usage of words, pronunciation, number of language  we are accustomed to speaking, impact our knowledge. There are many immigrants who learnt  English only in order for survival in the United States. Also, sadly, those who had great  education in their home language are unable to get good jobs here as a result of the language  barrier. That is one way of seeing how language and literacy are very much interconnected.  Even the dialect of a single language varies when spoken in different regions of the world. As an  Indian, I have a different dialect as compared to an American or even an African American.  India learnt the language when the British brought it to our country, and that is why Indian  english is more inclined to Britain’s english. As I moved here a few months ago, most of my  friends were pretty surprised that I’m an international student and yet know how to converse in  the language pretty fine. One of the reasons is that, not all nationalities learn English as a home  language. English was the third language I learnt as a three year old.      For me, the dialect quiz was not a success, the reason being, its only focus on the American  Continent. I probably tricked the quiz into thinking that I was from New York. But, one thing was  very obscure, the fact that my cousins, who were born here, did not get the right answer for the  quiz. But  when I considered the fact that they were born to Indian parents made more sense to  me. They usually, almost always have felt out­of­place. I had experienced that as well. When I  first came here, I thought of just going back to the place where I felt more like home. Language  creates a whole new barrier, the fact that I never really thought of digging deep into.      Apart from the quiz, I really loved the Ted talk by Jamila Lyiscott. She made me feel more  confident about my language, “Because the English language is a multifaceted oration”. Her talk  even went to the extent of making me feel at home, even in this strange land. “This is a linguistic  celebration”. Being “articulate” was the best thing about her.  


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