Writing is one of the most significant tools for college students, since future professors and employers will ask for critical and persuasive pieces on a variety of subjects. For that reason, this academic writing workshop will help you to develop sophisticated expository writing skills for diverse audiences. Specifically, the course will introduce, and allow for practice in, the five pillars of academic prose: argumentation, structure and organization, rhetorical awareness, research ethics, and revision. Centering on themes of language diversity and language issues, this workshop includes readings on contemporary topics such as exploring the connection between language and culture, endangered languages, multilingualism, and how related issues affect the countries we will visit. The readings are meant to complement and inspire student inquiry and composition. Throughout the course, participants should anticipate learning to ask critical questions, to analyze and to synthesize texts, to work collaboratively with peers, and to actively discuss their interpretations. Above all, this workshop invites you to develop your sense of self through writing, encourages originality and inventiveness, and carefully guides you through the sometimes rugged terrain of academic writing.
Field WorkCountry: Hawaii, United States
Day: 1 - Tuesday, 12 January
Through hands on outdoor activities and a museum visit we will see the importance of language revitalization in terms of economic development, sustainability and cultural practices.
1. Visit to Bishop Museum is to learn more about the History of the Hawaiian language, how it because an endangered language, the language revitalization efforts and the Hawaiian monarchy, all through a guided tour and artifacts.
2. At Papahana Kuaola we will have the opportunity to both learn and participate in traditional and innovative forms of economic development that are environmentally sustainable and culturally minded. The knowledge for all of the practices at Papahana Kuaola come from old documents all written in Hawaiian.
3. Na Mea Hawaii is a retail store and a community resource centre that focuses on Hawaiʻi-made products such as art and material culture, as well as being the largest bookstore for books about Hawaiʻi and the pacific. They have different cultural activities such as lauhala weaving, feather lei making, Hawaiian language classes etc. – Jacob Elarco is the manager – we participated in Hawaiian Language programs together.
4. Discuss the importance of language revitalization in terms of economic development, sustainability and cultural practices after having a full day of relevant hands on experience.