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On March 21, 1617, a 21-year-old woman from Virginia’s Pamunkey tribe died at Gravesend, England. She went by many names—Matoaka, Amonute, and, at her passing, Rebecca—but she’s best remembered today as Pocahontas. Her death was unexpected: Pocahontas had arrived in England the previous June and spent months touring the country, celebrated by the press as an “Indian princess.” Pocahontas’s tale of trans-Atlantic travel, her marriage to the Englishman John Rolfe, and her alleged conversion to Christianity became part of a compelling cultural narrative that helped promote white colonial interests, especially in the Virginia Company. Despite the brevity of her life and the mystery surrounding the cause of her death, Pocahontas remains one of the most recognizable Native icons in American culture today. Many Americans would likely claim familiarity with the life of Pocahontas, despite the absence of evidence to back up some of the more popular details of her tale.
The Enduring Legacy of the Pocahontas Myth, 400 Years After Her Death - The Atlantic
Every Australian teacher, and any teachers of literature across the world who teach Australian Literature should make themselves aware of AustLit, an amazing resource created by a dedicated team of researchers and indexers based at the University of Queensland, funded by the Australian Government and a range of University and research partners. AustLit’s mission is ‘to be the definitive information resource and research environment for Australian literary, print, and narrative cultures’ – and indeed it is. AustLit is available to patrons of subscribing libraries, educational institutions, other organisations, and individuals. The decision to subscribe on a system wide level has enabled all BCE students and staff to make full use of this fantastic resource – and this blog post aims to give some insight in to just some of the fantastic resources available to support quality learning and teaching. Click on the image to access these and other research trails. Like this: Like Loading...
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This free version includes Interactive Phonemic Charts for British English and American English. Tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word. In the Premium version (now available) you can look up, listen to and record words in the WORDLIST; PRACTISE your pronunciation skills; test yourself with the pronunciation QUIZZES; and LEARN with Top Tips, videos and more! - Interactive Phonemic Chart with high quality audio- Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time- Instructions- ‘Introduction to the Chart' video- Tasters of both the Practice and Quiz modes from the Premium version - Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words): > Phonemic transcriptions and audio > Record your own pronunciation- Practice Activities (Listen, Read and Write)- Quizzes ('3 Minutes' & '3 Lives' modes)- Top Ten Tips for Students- Top Ten Tips for Teachers- ‘Teaching with the Chart' workshop video
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You can look up and listen to words and phrases in the WORDLIST, plus record and compare your own pronunciation. If you’re using a Macmillan coursebook, you can now buy additional wordlists directly inside the app. PRACTISE your pronunciation reading, writing and listening skillsTest yourself with one of the pronunciation QUIZZESLEARN with lesson plans, videos and top tips for teachers, and study hints for students ► Interactive Phonemic Chart (British and American English) with high quality audio - tap to hear a sound, or tap and hold to hear the sound and an example word.► Work in British or American English, and switch between them at any time.► Vocabulary Wordlist (with over 650 words):- Phonemic transcriptions and audio- Record your own pronunciation- Purchase new wordlists from directly inside the app. - Bug fixes for error when updating app. The ultimate interactive English pronunciation tool, for both students AND teachers.
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Today's topic is Yoda's grammar. Yes, Yoda from Star Wars. Why would I talk about Yoda? Well, a couple of weeks ago there was a Star Wars marathon on TV, and a listener named Pat asked if Yoda is speaking "real" English when he says things like "Powerful, you have become." It was such a fun question I couldn't resist, but it's outside my area of expertise because it's more of a linguistics question than a grammar or usage question. Fortunately, people who know about linguistics listen to this podcast, and I was able to tap in to their expertise to get an answer. Yodish Sentence Structure Both Carson and Sokolowski pointed out that it depends on what Pat means when he asks whether Yoda is speaking "real" English. Typically, standard English sentences follow a subject-verb-object order. Carson also notes that although Yoda shifts around sentence elements, he doesn't do so randomly. Next: Is Yoda British, American, or Something Else? Language and Stereotypes The Later Yoda Related Articles
Anyone for Quidditch?
Quidditch is a sport created by Rowling in the Harry Potter series of novels, which have now sold over 450 million copies and have been translated into 67 languages. The global popularity of the books has led to worldwide exposure for Quidditch, and even to this fictional sport being adapted for the Muggle (or non-wizard) population. It has also – along with other terms from the series – entered the vocabulary of fans all over the world. Quidditch: a quick introduction So what is Quidditch? Etymologies: fact or fiction? Rowling drew inspiration from many sources – such as mythology and Latin – in naming the characters and places of the Harry Potter series, but with Quidditch she went a step further. These origin stories show the depth of detail Rowling went into in the Harry Potter series. The Holyhead Harpies vs. the Chudley Cannons The team names themselves also help create an impression of the team in question without needing to hear anything more about them.
The drive from the town of Much Wenlock to Ashby-de-la-Zouch is 60 miles east across the English Midlands. Once you have crossed the River Severn and passed the Wrekin rising to the left – the last of the Shropshire Hills – you join the M54 at the Wrekin Retail Park. At Featherstone, you have a choice: north and then east past Lichfield and Tamworth, or southeast past Walsall, Wednesbury and Birmingham, south of Sutton Coldfield, and northeast to cross the River Tame. Either way, once you’re past Appleby Magna and crossing the River Mease, you’re almost there. And just like that, in an hour and a quarter, you will have covered the great sweep of British history: from the Celts through the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Scandinavians, and Normans to modern times – all as displayed in Britain’s place names. British history didn’t start with the Celtic peoples (Stonehenge didn’t build itself, after all). Two-thirds of England’s rivers take their names from Celtic Fighting words French connection
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