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1 “An Ongoing Journey in English Learning and Teaching Jun-min Kuo Assistant Professor Department of Foreign Languages and Literature Tunghai University

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3 1. Studying English as a Beginner 2. Gaining a Deeper Sense of English 3. Teaching English from a Functional Perspective 4. Exploring English as a Cultural Practitioner 5. Teaching English as a Social Act

4 Phase 1: Studying English as a Beginner (from Elementary School to Junior College 1. latchkey child 2. LPs (long-playing records) 3. songs in English (oldies but goodies / pop songs) 4. Cashbox / Billboard Charts 5. pirate/illegal records/cassettes 6. newspaper clippings 7. Studio Classroom (from Basic to Advanced) 8. vocabulary notebooks 9. Si-men Square (May I Help You?) 10. western TV programs (Dallas / soap operas)

5 “The End of the World” (Skeeter Davis) 1. Why does the sun go on shining? 2. Why does the sea rush to shore? 3. Don't they know it's the end of the world 4. 'Cause you don't love me anymore? 5. Why do the birds go on singing? 6. Why do the starts glow above? 7. Don't they know it's the end of the world 8. It ended when I lost your love 9. I wake up in the morning and I wonder 10. Why everything’s the same as it was 11. I can't understand, no, I can't understand 12. How life goes on the way it does! 13. Why does my heart go on beating? 14. Why do these eyes of mine cry? 15. Don't they know it's the end of the world? 16. It ended when you said goodbye 17. Why does my heart go on beating? 18. Why do these eyes of mine cry? 19. Don't they know it's the end of the world? 20. It ended when you said goodbye (YouTube) (Tube = TV set)

6 Songs that Gave Me a Big Time 1. 9,999,999 Tears (Lee Dickey) 2. From Me To You (The Beatles) 3. In My Life (The Beatles) 4. Sukiyaki / It’s All Because of You 5. Vincent (Don McLean) 6. Where Have All the Flowers Gone 7. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother 8. I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Helen Reddy) 9. Without You (Nilsson) 10. Tell Laura I Love Her ……..

7 Songs from A to Z A. A Time for Us B. Blowing in the Wind / Bridge Over Troubled Water C. Can’t Take My Eyes off You D. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart E. Everything I Own F. From Me To You / Feeling G. Girls Just Want to Have Fun H. Heart of Gold I. If (Bread) J. Just When I Needed You Most K. Knowing Me Knowing You L. ……… W. Windflower X. Xanadu (1980) (Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “Kubla Khan”) Y. Yellow River Z. Z?

8 Vocabulary Notebooks (bus, bus stop, classroom) 1. home geek (n.) 宅男 (home nerd) (dork: a more general term) a. geek (Long p. 345): slang especially AmE someone who is boring and wears clothes that are unfashionable b. (Collins p. 700) If you call someone, usually a man or a boy, a geek, you are saying in a particular unkind way that you think they are rather stupid and weak c. computer geeks (a better term) d. computer nerds (Otaku in Japanese) 2. peck (vt.) 以喙啄 The bird pecked the cat. The hens were pecking the grain. (C659) ( 牛津 p.345) 3. ……….

9 English Learning Magazines / Dictionaries 1. Let’s Talk in English / Studio Classroom 2. 長春藤美語 3. Live 互動英語 4. ALL +互動英語 5. ABC 互動英語 6. Biz 互動英語 7. CNN 互動英語 Collins COBUILD English Dictionary / Advanced Dictionary of American English 2. MacMillan English Dictionary 3. Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 4. Chambers Essential English Dictionary 5. Oxford Collocations Dictionary for Students of English 6. 朗文當代高級辭典第三版 7. 英語搭配大字典 8. 建宏多功能英漢辭典 9. 電子字典

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16 Phase 2: Gaining a Deeper Sense of English (Tamkang + Chengi) 1. transfer exam to Tamkang University (Confucius + United Evening Paper) 2. Studio Classroom 3. English/American Literature 4. Western Philosophy 5. Chinese History 6. Greek and Roman Mythology 7. The Bible 8. Shakespeare’s Plays (Romeo & Juliet) 9. Modern Plays 10. American Renaissance 11. Translation Class (two years) 12. Postmodernist Fiction 13. …… 14. ICRT 15. Times Magazine / U.S. News and World Reports

17 Greek and Roman Mythology 1. Titans (Cronus / Saturn) ( 土星 ) 2. Zeus (Jupiter) ( 木星 ) 3. Poseidon (Neptune) ( 海王星 ) 4. Hades (Pluto) ( 冥王星 ) 5. Hera (Juno) ( 司婚姻女神 ) 6. Ares (Mars) (Apollo) ( 戰神、太陽神 ) ( 火星 ) 7. Artemis (Diana) ( 光明女神、狩獵女神 ) 8. Athene (Minerva) 9. Hermes (Mercury) ( 水星 ) 10. Aphrodite (Venus) ( 金星 ) (aphrodisiac)

18 The Bible 1. Esau / Jacob to sell one’s birthright for a pottage of lentils ( 因小失大 ) “The American Esau has sold his birthright for a mess of consumption, debt and political soft soap.” 2. conversion on the road to Damascus ( 頓悟、天啟、浪子回頭 ) 3. Tower of Babel / 2006 film ( 火線交錯 )

19 Phase 3: Teaching English from a Functional Perspective 1. Listening / Speaking / Reading / Writing / Mythology / Business Correspondence / Journalist English / Secretarial English 2. Standardized Assessment (Blank Filling / Multiple Choice / Cloze Test / Match / True and False / Vocabulary 3. Interactive Learning a. Nelly / Nellyville / “Air Force Ones” b. Jay-Z’s / Vol Hard Knock Life / “Money Ain’t A Thang” c. Big Tymers / Still Fly d. “Summertime” + Picture Book e. Katie Melua / Piece by Piece / “Nine Million Bicycles” e. Sean Kingston / “Beautiful Girls”

20 Phase 4: Exploring English as a Cultural Practitioner 1. Shirley Temple 2. Roman Polanski 3. Songs on the Radio 4. American Football (Touchdown) 5. Musicals (Lion King / Hairspray / Mama Mia) 6. Operas (Romeo & Juliet) 7. Concerts (Willie Nelson) 8. Human Interaction 9. Eating 10. Clothing 11. Living 12. Transportation 13. Communication / Thinking in Mind (the most important)

21 Phase 5: Teaching English as a Social Practice 1. Multimodal Pedagogy 2. Popular Culture

22 Conclusions 1. Creativity 2. Curiosity (Brands / Movies) 3. Consistency (Perseverance / Passion / Enthusiasm) 4. Confidence 5. Causes (Internal Motivations)

23 Curiosity Kills the Cat: Brands 1. Aurora 2. Wellcome 3. Acer 4. Mentor 5. Triumph 6. Swear 7. Shell 8. Pampers 9. Pedigree 10. Virgin 11. Sharp 12. Pioneer 13. Famous 14. Blockbuster 15. Eslite 16. Giant 17. Mirage 18. Elf

24 Curiosity Kills the Cat: Movies / TV / Songs 1. Miss Congeniality 2. Mummies 3. Pirates of the Caribbean 4. Transformers 5. Hitch (get hitched) 6. Lust & Caution 7. Die Hard 8. I Am Legend 9. Secret 10. The Aviator 11. Saving Private Ryan 11. To Move Or Not To Move (TV) 12. I Am Wanted (Song)

25 Newspaper Clippings 1. 莫忘整型手術也有風險 2. 中正紀念堂牌匾爭議 3. 躲避掃蕩 中美洲幫派混入學校

26 The End  Thanks for listening!  Questions???


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