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Zombies in the Classroom

Warning: zombie students are contagious. There are many characteristics of zombies that have been portrayed in books and films since the 1930’s, but in 2013, do modern day students possess qualities similar to the bloody rotten flesh that is usually seen in a horror films? While pondering whether the zombie apocalypse can ever become a reality, I gazed at my students and realized that they (zombies) already live among us.

The first indication that you have zombie students in your presence is the dreadful blank stare. In this zombie moment, students stare at you like you just started speaking a foreign language giving you the hibby gibbies. This reaction may result from complicated or creative questioning for which wait time is appropriate, and most importantly teachers must learn to accept the uncomfortable silence. This silence allows students to let their minds wonder for possible responses and holds them accountable for their learning. Teachers need to remember that the more creative we want our students to be, the more wait time we must provide them. The usual wait time for a lower level knowledge or comprehensive question from Bloom’s Taxonomy is five seconds but don’t be fooled. In the zombie moment a few seconds can feel like hours.   

More Means Worse

The global population level fluctuates at different rates throughout the world. In some countries, the growth rate steadily increases. In other countries, the population is leveling, and in a few more it decreases with time. For many countries, population growth allows development and economic growth. Unfortunately, an increased population can also create a scarcity of resources. On the other hand, a decreasing population can potentially weaken a country’s economy but also create an improved availability of resources. Depending on where population change occurs and in which direction it heads, both pros and cons result from a shifting population level. In the debate over the concerns of increasing world population, researchers incorrectly claim that an increased population is not a troublesome issue as countries invoke methods to control the growth of the planet’s residency. Moreover, further evidence suggests that a growing population heightens the difficulties already present in the world today.


The Influence of Media On Our Food Choices

Eating habits have changed drastically and rapidly over the years. Today, the number of overweight or obese children and adults in the population has increased while the numbers of lifestyle-related deaths have also increased. As Webb and Whitney (2008) argue, consumers today value convenience so highly that they are willing to spend over half of their food budget on meals that require little or no preparation. They regularly eat out, bring home ready-to-eat meals, or have food delivered. This trend is mainly influenced by the media which promotes such behaviors through commercials and popular programs and movies.  

“We have to Stick Together” Gilroy’s Question of Solidarity within the Social Dynamic of Gail’s Corregidora and Selvon’s “The Lonely Londoners” – A comparative analysis.

Joe Mota

FLET 100

Professor L. Dare Fall 2010

Old Dominion University
“We have to Stick Together” Gilroy’s Question of Solidarity within the Social Dynamic of Gail’s Corregidora and Selvon’s “The Lonely Londoners” – A comparative analysis.

The concept of identity can be illustrated as a complex assembly, and more specifically as a group of collected observations. It can be derived from one’s view of self as a subject, to one’s view of self in relation to the other, and finally one’s identity in terms of relationships to others with shared sets of attributes, vernaculars, conditions, histories, etc. It is within the latter that the exploration of solidarity surfaces when looking at the post-colonial Black subject and their plight to finding their own sense of self in relation to others. In his text “British Cultural Studies and the Pitfalls of Identity”, Paul Gilroy introduces solidarity as an issue of identity and invites us to, “comprehend identity as an effect mediated by historical and economics structures, instantiated in the signifying practices through which they operate and arising in contingent institutional settings that both regulate and express the coming together of individuals in patterned social processes.”(230) The relationship between historical and economic structures, signifying practices, and conditional settings can be further explored by looking at postcolonial novels that tackle and embrace this question of solidarity, in specific Sam Selvon’s.  

Death Sentence

As I woke up the next morning from last night’s terrible events, I wondered what I would encounter that night, if this time I would die, or whether I would make it out alive once again. I wake up every morning at 4:00 AM to walk 3 miles to school, to get a complete education, with the hope of making it out of these horrible circumstances in this little village of Rowatan.

Every night for the past two and a half months the rebels raid a village; out of those two and a half months my village was raided 11 times, last night being the eleventh. Women are raped. Then later beat by their husbands. It is not their fault, but it has brought dishonor upon the family. Children are taken. Then they are made into child soldiers. Men are beaten. Then dumped in the middle of the vast Congo jungle and told their wife and children were killed or taken as slaves. Not only are women raped, children taken, and men beaten, but they may be mutilated as well. My father was taken last night, we speculate if we will ever see him again, dead or alive. I cried out as they took him, and he cried back, I will never forget the look on his face as he reached out for us with all his might, but did not succeed.


Negative language interference: Arabic-English interaction

terference is a linguistic term used when learners of the second language wrongly “utilize the rules of their mother-tongue to understand the target language” (Bhela,1999, 23). This wrong transference of the surface structure of L1 into the second language is indispensably considered automatic and negative in language acquisition.


The Winner’s Tale

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” –George Orwell

            In a world where over half of the population doesn’t know when World War I happened, it seems as if people may fall for anything they hear. In a world where people’s views and decisions are affected by social mindsets, what they fell for may never even be doubted.  

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