IE3 Fall 2013: Lesson 2
It's only the second class of the semester, but we were busy as usual!
We reviewed the guidelines for your Listening Reports. You will have to choose a video / audio file from one of the websites listed in the "Listening Reports" section and complete a short report. You can either write or type your report. You can find the worksheet templates in the "Listening Reports" section as well.
We also reviewed the guidelines for your Listening Interactions, and I modeled a Listening Interactions for you with the "How to Be Cool" video. Remember that you have to choose a theme for your interaction: psychology or media. These interactions are similar to our group discussions last semester, but you will be using video rather than a news article.
Remember to go to Room 218 for the first period (9:00-10:30am) for next week's lesson. We'll need to use the computers for you to play your videos. Remember to also bring a pair of earphones. I'm sure you don't want to borrow mine!
Don't forget that you'll have to make copies for your group members! You'll need 6-8 copies since you'll present your interaction twice and will have 3-4 members in your group.
Cambodian Writing Program: Letter #1
Before I collected your letters, we had a group discussions on bias (=an unfair judgment made about a group of people based on your cultural values). Although your partner comes from a background of poverty, he/she shouldn't have "less of a life" (e.g. clean clothes, free time with friends, watching TV, having big dreams, etc.).
I'll send your letters tomorrow, so you're partners will get them next week. You'll get your next letter at the end of October.
Late Letters #1:
For those students who did not submit there letters in class today, you will need to email them to me by Monday, October 7 before 12noon. You still must write your letter and then scan it. You will then have to send each page of your letter in an email to me (either a jpeg or PDF file).
Do not ask me how to scan! Since you have not handed in your letter on time, you are making extra work for me and for my Cambodian teaching partner! You will need to go to the Aogaku computer lab and have one of the staff teach you how to scan documents.
Please remember that submitting your letters late will result in a decreased grade for your letter.
1. Listening Interactions preparation (see schedule)
2. Listening Report #1
3. Blog Post #2
Blog Question #2:
After today's discussion on bias, do you think any of your impressions of your partner or of Cambodia had bias?
If yes, what was your bias? Why did you have it? Has it changed after our discussion?
*Write 8-10 sentences.
*Use capitalization, punctuation & spelling correctly.
*Submit by Tuesday, October 8 by 6:00pm.
10/2/2013 02:07:12 am
I intended to be careful that I sholdn't have bias but I seemed to have a little unconsciously. My partner keeps up both schoolwork and his job. I thought that situation is so hard and I felt sorry for him. However, it was a kind of bias. Now, I deeply understand that both of my partners feel happy to study through their letters. It might be happy for them rather than hard because they have a specific purpose on their life. Todays lesson taught me that I shouldn't judge a person or situation easily with my narrow view. I need to guess a person's true feelings and the true figure of things. For that, it is important to ask about them positively in the letter. Therefore, I think there is this Cambodian writing exchange program.
10/2/2013 03:20:58 am
I do believe I have a cultural bias way of looking at my partners' life in Cambodia. This is because I did not know what questions would offend my partners. It is so hard not to be rude, but still find out about their culture and their life. Although now, I find that this way of thinking is also being bias. I hope to find the best way to make a relationship work with people from other cultures through this program.
10/3/2013 06:43:13 pm
Yes, I think I have. I was too judgemental toward Cambodia and Cambodian people. There are many things I do not know about them and I have not been there. Moreover, I live in Japanese culture as Nicole told us. I think those made my bias. It is difficult for me to have no bias but I want to decrease it. However, I think it is most important for me to know that I have biases of other countries and almost all of them are wrong. I should be careful not to hurt my partners with my saying.
10/3/2013 09:58:25 pm
I simply felt sorry for them and I am so worried about that my writing was rude for my partner. I just did not know about Cambodia and my partner at all now. So I need to bomb my bias and try to see the world from many different points of view. If someone had bias to Japan, my hometown and me, I might feel so bad. So first of all, I will try to think with pretending my partner. I do not know how I can throw away my bias, but I will try to be close to them.
10/4/2013 07:16:53 pm
If countries where we live are different, of course, we have a bias against foreigners. However, the bias was not born by real looking, and was born by hearing and unwarranted images. Because of this, I also held a bias view of Cambodia and Cambodian. I thought their living environment and diet are different from us totally, but they actually have similarities. I'm so sorry for having a bias. This lesson gave me a new view of Cambodian. I want to know a lot about my partner and Cambodian through this project. I think this is a very good opportunity for me.
10/6/2013 02:14:33 am
At first, I sorry for my partner. The bias is not real looking but I had some bias about Cambodia. When I read my partner's letter, I repented about my bias of Cambodia. Actually, I knew that we have similarities each other so it's good for us. I think first impressions is very important not bias.
10/6/2013 05:07:11 pm
I had a bias about Cambodian life style. When I knew that both my partners like a US pop singer, I wondered how they enjoy her music. That’s why you showed us the picture of the house. That was an example of the house which one of the student lives in. I couldn’t imagine there are any electronic devices in there. I supposed that they must not have any computers or TVs. After the lecture, I thought it was a very bias. I learned that many of the students go to the internet café and the restaurants have TV from the lecture. Finally, I would like to deepen the correct knowledge about Cambodian, not suppose by my bias.
10/6/2013 05:24:38 pm
At the discussion in the last class, I realized my impression had a bias. In the letter, I couldn't write letter in the way that I nomally write to my Japanese or other countries friend of Europe or America. I couldn't write about my travel abroad because my images of Cambodia was the country of poor or that needs Volunteers.The image was too strong for me. So I thought it is rude to write such things because I thought that is most of them can't do. However it was bias. On the other hand it's sometimes true, but it's depends on the people, and I felt just sorry for that.
10/6/2013 10:54:00 pm
I found that I have bias against Cambidia and Cambodian people. I was surprised that my partner listened to other country's music when I read his letter. But now, I realized that it was my bias. I think I tend to have some wrong assumptions of not only Cambodia but also everything I'm not familiar with. Sometimes I can get wrong impressions from TV or the Internet. Therefore, it is important for me to realize my tendency and try to take it away. Also, I have to see things from a different point of veiw. Through this letter exchange program, my image of Cambodia will be clearer and I want to remove the bias.
10/7/2013 02:48:55 pm
I thought I had a bias a bit. When I heard my partner's lifestyle, I thought that is hard for her. She studies and then helps her parent's shop almost everyday. But she didn't say " It's hard working for me." at all. Moreover, I heard other Cambodian partner's lifestyle from my friends, they are kind of same style with my partner's. So it's is not poor life at all. After discussion, I think I want to know about country's real lifestyle through not Internet but my eyes and their talking.
10/7/2013 03:13:19 pm
I had a lot of bias before I read my letter from my partner. I have though that there is not much restaurants in Cambodia.Also I though that children help their familys work during the daytime.But my partner Dara and most of his friends work at a restaurant near their house in their open time.I had bias towards Cambodia and Cambodians because of the TV shows I watch.I have realized that what I see on TV is not everything and that my partners life and my life is not so different, instead it was similar in many ways.I want to sweep away my bias and know about real Cambodian lifestyle and culture.
10/7/2013 03:26:18 pm
I had many biases for Cambodia and Cambodians and what I impressed the most was they don’t eat dogs. In the letter from my partner, it was written that he has seven dogs. After class, I searched and on the internet, I found Cambodians eat dogs. However, it was bias. I trusted what the websites were written. In class, I learned they don’t eat dogs. It was the case of Vietnamese, who live in Cambodia so I was relieved. This time, I learned very important thing that even if they were poor, we should not think they are unhappy. I felt all of biases about poor people should be taken off and we should face and think real things.
10/7/2013 03:51:09 pm
I hadn't discussed since I was absent, but I think I had a bias. It is because I was surprised too many times when I read letter from my partner. I haven't been to cumbodia and even talked with cumbodian. Nevertheless I made a judgement that cumbodia is poor country mentaly and materially a bit. I guess I know and have a impression of cumbodia only from poster that make an appeal for contributions. therefore I don't have any occasions that know reality and attraction of cumbodia. I felt I must not have a bias. I want to be careful not to have a bias.
10/7/2013 04:13:31 pm
I had many bias against Cambodia and Cambodian. My friend went to Cambodia for some volunteer, and I heard about it. She helped for children who don't have parents. Honestly, my image of Cambodia was poor. Because of that, I was surprised that my partner watches TV and listens to music. However, I learned that it was a big bias. Maybe there are some people who are poor, like I imaged, but not all people there. I strongly thought I shouldn't label my image before I neatly known. I felt so sorry for my partner.
10/7/2013 04:35:38 pm
Yes, I read my partner’s letter with biased eyes unconsciously. One thing is related to an economic bias. For example, I was surprised that my partner’s hobby was watching TV. That is because I didn’t think Cambodian people had such the environment they could watch TV every day. After the class, I felt it was difficult for us to communicate with foreign people without any bias. However, knowing and considering about bias can make relationships with other people better. Also, I understand the way to handle the information about the country in other countries can influence people’s thoughts, and it connects to have bias. TV or the Internet tends to implant a fixed image to us. Therefore, I want to make sure of obvious facts and enjoy exchanging letters without hurting my partner’s feeling.
10/7/2013 05:09:52 pm
After last class, I noticed that I had any biases about Cambodia. Like teacher's example, I thought many Cambodian people are so busy, because they study and work hard all day. Moreover, in my letter, I took care not to hurt my Cambodian partner. However, that was the bias, now I know. It cannot be removed all biases, but I want to decrease my biases about other countries and socialize with them well.
10/7/2013 06:02:40 pm
After last class, I realized I had some bias about Cambodia. I saw Cambodia throgh TV, and I saw poor environment. Japan has some volunteer programs and sometimes pick up Cambodia. It made my bias. So I didn't know real Cambodia. I had thought Cambodian didn't watch TV. However, many people watch TV. I think media image has big influence, but we should hear voice from field.
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