NATURE OF LANGUAGE UPLIFT 2012 means of expressing emotional or mental concepts by any living being and of communicating them to or receiving them from other living beings use senses of speech and hearing in which the sounds uttered or heard are so combined in systems evolved, conventionalized and recognize by common usage Characteristics of Language • Systematic • Social instrument • Non-instinctive • defining characteristic of human beings • basis of human community inform, persuade, challenge, support, and entertain each other (Dias, Beer, Ledwell-Brown, Pare, & Pittenger, 1992) • building blocks of literature ENGLISH as a Second Language in the Philippine Setting UPLIFT 2012 Looking Back • Introduction of English • English as medium of instruction • Article XIV, Sec. 6 & 7 1987 Constitution • Importance of English language of commerce & science language of international relations English in the Philippines Engagement in the meaningful use of language = self-discovery, expression, communication, and learning • learn about language as a necessary tool for effective communication and consider elements of structure (text, sentence, word), spelling, grammar, usage, and mechanics (punctuation, capitalization) • learn through language by applying their knowledge of language to their listening, speaking, reading, and writing experiences LITERATURE • Enduring significant human experiences captured in words well-chosen & arranged – Medium: language – Content: ideas – Purpose: entertainment and persuasion "Literature adds to reality, it does not simply describe it. It enriches the necessary competencies that daily life requires and provides; and in this respect, it irrigates the deserts that our lives have already become." - C.S Lewis, a British scholar and novelist IMPORTANCE • serves as an enormous information base • portrayals of the thinking patterns and social norms prevalent in society • through reading such great literary and poetic works, one understands life “ They are a depiction of the different facets of common man's life. Classical literary works serve as a food for thought and a tonic for imagination and creativity. Exposing an individual to good literary works, is equivalent to providing him/her with the finest of educational opportunities. On the other hand, the lack of exposure to classic literary works is equal to depriving an individual from an opportunity to grow as an individual.” Philippine Literature (a glimpse) 1. Period of Re-orientation 1898-1910 2. Period of Imitation 1910-1925 American Regime 1898-1941 3. Period of Self-Discovery 1925- 1941 4. Japanese Period 1941- 1945 5. Rebirth of Freedom 1946-1970 6. Period of Activism 1970-1972 7. Period of New Society 1972-1981 8. Period of the 3rd Republic 1981-1985 9. Contemporary Period 1986 - Characteristics 1. Form / Shape 2. Imaginative grasp of the materials 3. Insight into those universal human concerns 4. Moral concerns or validity 5. Style Grade 7, 1st & 2nd Quarter • 1st Quarter Theme: Appreciating Myself Key Word: Origin 2nd Quarter Theme: Building Relationships Key Word: Apprenticeship • 3rd Quarter Theme: Asserting Myself Key Words: Experimentation & Emergence 4th Quarter Theme: Linking with the World Key Word: Mastery “READ not to confute, nor to for granted, nor discourse, but consider.” contradict or believe or take to find talk and to weigh and - Francis Bacon “Footnote to Youth” Jose Garcia Villa The sun was salmon and hazy in the west. Dodong thought to himself he would tell his father about Teang when he got home, after he had unhitched the carabao from the plow, and let it to its shed and fed it. He was hesitant about saying it, but he wanted his father to know. What he had to say was of serious import as it would mark a climacteric in his life. Dodong finally decided to tell it, at a thought came to him his father might refuse to consider it. His father was silent hard-working farmer who chewed areca nut, which he had learned to do from his mother, Dodong’s grandmother. I will tell it to him. I will tell it to him.