EL4221: Narrative Structures
Electronic Contributions: Details
This is the mainstay of this component of the CA. Here are some
points to be noted in relation to the IVLE forum for this module
- Topics are usually generated by students themselves, although
there may be one or more topics initiated by me.
- One good contribution may suffice, but it is best that you
contribute more frequently, as quantity, especially if the
contributions include a number of very good postings or
responses, will help you get better marks.
- Points are awarded not only for initiating topics, but replies
are also important. Depending on their quality, some replies may
actually score better than some topic initiators.
- In order to get good marks, evidence of critical thinking must
be shown. Entries which express students' fears about the module
or enquire about certain ideas or approaches may not get good
marks. However, entries which evaluate the significance of
certain ideas or approaches, or interrogate the bases and limits
of their applicability are welcome.
- Reviews of films, whether new or old, are welcome, but the
reviews must go beyond some very brief basic reactions: eg.
‘good’, ‘bad’, ‘wow!’, or ‘my girlfriend enjoyed it, but I
didn’t’. The films must be critically analysed, and the points
of relevance to the module must be mentioned, if they are not
- Students who make a great number of good contributions may be
awarded bonus marks, as these contributions show that they have,
on their own accord, diligently thought through a good number of
topics or issues discussed in the module.
- IM-lingo or chatese should be avoided when
using the forum, or used sparingly (but they can of course be
used when using the chatroom: see below).
This is usually a less popular choice than the forum. But it does
carry marks if you contribute to it. So if you feel uncomfortable
with contributing to the forum, you may consider this option.
Online chatting has the advantage of
real-time discussion, where responses are immediate, unlike
the use of the forum above. Here are some points to note in
relation to the use of the IVLE chatroom for this module.
- You need at least two persons, preferably more, chatting about
a topic or issue at the same time. You may have to arrange the
time with other students to meet and discuss the topics or
- The topic for the chat is usually student-initiated, but if
time permits, I may organise one or more chat sessions.
- Chatting is of course a possible avenue for discussion of your
projects, or possibly, your essays.
- To a certain extent, IM-lingo or chatese should
be used when you chat, as this is a synchronous mode of
communication where typing speed and the ability to use the
shortcuts or shorthand of chatese are helpful in
keeping the conversation going. I won't penalise you if you do
not have even a minimal knowledge of chatese, but I have
to say that it is really awkward and SLOW to discuss anything in
this format with someone who does not know how to use it at all!
Moreover, as a teacher of language, I have to remind students
that the use of certain varieties of English is appropriate on
certain occasions or contexts, even if they are to be avoided
outside these occasions or contexts. Of course, you must bear in
mind that not everyone is familiar with every abbreviation
that can be found in chatese, so do it in a balanced way that
will enhance, and not impede communication.
Other electronic contributions
You may use your own blog or web page to make a
contribution or discussion for this component of the CA. The
contributions should be within the time period for this component
of the CA, and should be relevant to the module.
25 June 2013