The Myth of Second Language Acquisition

"The tale of becoming bilingual is like that of Tantalus reaching towards that succulent fruit and watching it retreat from his grasp—one never feels quite able to achieve semantic satisfaction. Few know the myth of second language acquisition, but herein lies the tale of how man learned to speak in tongues."

My entire entry can be read here: http://bild-lida.ca/blog/uncategorized/the-myth-of-second-language-acquisition-by-rhonda-chung/

BILD is a critical sociolinguistic blog started by members of McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education with the goal of discussing our language experiences in the multilingual setting of Montreal.

A Not-so Null Hypothesis

"Outliers, like myself, tend to upset statisticians. We skew average measurements of how an experience ought to be. But what if…what if that is exactly what they are there for:

—to account for the oddities,

—and to make accountable the factors that cause these oddities to exist.

If the purported value is in pulling us all up towards that golden mean, then how exactly will you unburden us of all the things that mark us as an outlier? Or are you willing to change your mean to meet us?"

My entire entry can be read here: http://bild-lida.ca/blog/uncategorized/a-not-so-null-hypothesis-by-rhonda-chung/#more-2090

BILD is a critical sociolinguistic blog started by members of McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education with the goal of discussing our language experiences in the multilingual setting of Montreal

Goodbye, 2017!

"...No matter where we found ourselves in life or in academia, we always came together to collectively peck at questions of defining identity and membership to a linguistic community. [...] Language transmits culture, and culture carries language–how can language learning or teaching ever really take place without acknowledging these elements?"

My entire entry can be read here: http://bild-lida.ca/blog/uncategorized/another-semester-done-and-another-year-draws-to-a-close-by-rhonda-chung/

BILD is a critical sociolinguistic blog started by members of McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education with the goal of discussing our language experiences in the multilingual setting of Montreal.

Astronautes FSL!

Je suis ravie de partager cette vidéo où j'ai aidé mes formidables collègues à tester leur jeu vidéo : Astronautes FSL, une version française de Spaceteam ESL.

Est-il possible d'apprendre le français en criant avec ses amis? Il ne devrait pas y avoir d'autre façon!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sa0MJDF_Z6U

I am excited to share this video where I helped my wonderful colleagues test out their video game: Astronautes FSL, a French version of Spaceteam ESL.

Is it possible to learn French while screaming with friends? There shouldn't exist any other way!

A picture is worth a thousand identities

"The camera is a temporary space—a portal with two facing doors, if you will.

The shutter click is the moment when both of those doors are open, and when Jackson gets to take a peek into someone else’s world.

“You’ve got people speaking different languages, different dialects of those languages, different religions.” He pauses and sincerely asks: “How do you get a society to work when you’ve got so many different identities taking space in it?”

As Jackson moves through different urban spaces and documents them one photographic still at a time, he finds himself with another lens in his tool kit, one of ethnography. Each city provides its own distinct narrative about how humans have moved through space; in turn, these spaces tell stories that knit a unique psychological tapestry of its inhabitants."

 

My entire entry can be read here: https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/a-picture-worth-a-thousand-identities

Toé, t’es Torontoise!

"Using language, be it the one from my childhood or the one that I later learned in adulthood, has always been a political act, one that has mostly reflected the politics of other people.

Despite the fact that I have conversations with people and excitedly exchange ideas with them, I don’t seem to ever get a say in how my identity unfolds during such moments. These are the moments where I am assigned an identity or given a mask, and asked to play, not my part, but the part others need me to play for them.

When I show confusion over this casting, when I indulge in a soliloquy that explains why this personage is not authentic to my character, I am met with a familiar gaze: I am being difficult. In trying to be true to my character, I become cast as the diva."

My entire entry can be read here: http://bild-lida.ca/blog/uncategorized/toe-tes-torontoise-by-rhonda-chung/

BILD is a critical sociolinguistic blog started by members of McGill's Department of Integrated Studies in Education with the goal of discussing our language experiences in the multilingual setting of Montreal.

I Want to Talk About Race But I Don’t Know How

"At the most basic linguistic level, we could say that the speaker knows the semantic properties of a word, in particular what concepts it invokes, what its descriptive limitations are and how it’s used in discourse. These are all necessary components of ensuring comprehensive communication between parties.

Now ask yourself, what does it mean to not know a word? At the most basic communicative level, it means that a speaker can identify neither the concept he or she wants to discuss, nor its semantic delimitations, rendering him or her unable to engage in meaningful discourse.

It effectively eliminates all possibility of communication and ensures that we cannot talk about race because we simply don’t have the words to do so. We are thus receiving a very clear message: don’t talk about race.

The effect of this “wordlessness” bears out uncomfortable dialogues between people who don’t want to sound racist and those who are tired of explaining racism. We are essentially trying to speak to each other in a language that does not exist. Is it any wonder that we are all exhausted by race issues?"

My entire entry can be read here: https://thelinknewspaper.ca/article/special-issue-i-want-to-talk-about-race-but-i-dont-know-how