Speaking in Tongues 2. Do You Speak American?
Submission: Upload your document file to Canvas and bring a hard copy to class.
Content: Write a critical response after viewing the video and engaging in class discussion. To receive full credit, your paper should include all of the following components:
· Introduction, topic, and thesis: In your introductory paragraph, present a very brief synopsis of the video. Then state one theme (idea/message) that is highlighted in the film.
· Description: Describe what the film shows on this theme. You can describe one specific scene that depicts the theme, or you can bring relevant details from different parts of the film. Either case, use plenty of specific details, including quotes of key words and phrases from the film (“show” not “tell”).
· Critical Response: Explain the significance of this theme, relating it to a specific key concept presented in one of our course readings. For example, does it support/contradict author’s idea/explanation? Does it offer additional explanation to what the author discusses? In doing so, you must present the author’s idea fully in your own words, citing a specific page. (Avoid direct quotes except for key words/phrases and avoid using trivial ideas and mere facts).
· Application: In your concluding paragraph, discuss how you might apply this new insight/understanding in the future. For example, would it change the way you will interact with your family, fellow students, or co-workers? Or, do you hope for any change regarding language attitudes or policies in our society?
· Cite the sources using both in-text citations and a list of sources (video and an article). For the purpose of this assignment, you can use the citation format of books for videos, by treating director(s) as author(s) and production companies as publishers.
· Write your essay as a self-contained paper, capable of standing alone and being understood by someone who lacks knowledge about the course materials. (Assume naïve external audience.)
· Maintain unity, coherence, and cohesion throughout the paper and within each paragraph.
· Proofread for grammar and mechanics so that remaining errors (if any) do not obstruct reader’s understanding.
Revised Fall 2018