In this journal, I want you to consider your language use and knowledge based on the cultures, spaces, and contexts in which you communicate.

What languages do you know? 

Expand your answer by considering the following:

First, consider the languages you know by category: official (English, French, Japanese, and so on), dialect (Canadian English, Brazilian Portuguese), social (text speak, holiday/celebration language, life’s milestones (weddings, funerals, retirement)), subculture (gaming, sports, fashion, music genre);

second, which can you speak, verbally understand, read, and/or write;

and third, where/when do you use them and would using one in the wrong place be inappropriate or disrespectful? 

Further, use and directly refer to concepts we have discussed in class (found in the Intercultural Communications: Key Concepts resource).

How does language fit into our definitions of culture?

Which of these languages are languages of a dominant culture? In what spaces or places are these languages dominant?

How does each of these languages function differently in Private/Public Spheres and Homi Bhabha’s first, second, and third spaces?

Do these languages create In Groups & Out Groups?

Do these languages meet in conflict or learning contact zones (or both)?

Have any of these languages been appropriated?

Can you make use of this cultural hybridity to help you in other spaces or places?

Finally, connect your experience with language to an example or way of thinking about language from each of the Tan and Young articles.

Be sure to adhere to the What-Now What-So What model of reflective thought. See this article for more insight.


Research and Preparation

While creating your initial list of languages, think about each one and where and when you learned it.

Some you will have no remembrance of learning and others you may have struggled to understand.

Also, consider what memories are associated with each of these languages?

Assignment Requirements

Fill out the title page with your student information, and remember to include a title.

Format: APA format

title page,

double spaced, indent the first line of each new paragraph (no extra spaces between paragraphs).

11- or 12-point sans-serif font, like Ariel or Calibri. 

Two quotations from the Module 4 readings with a citation and reference: one from Amy Tan and one from Vershawn Ashanti Young.

Use APA citations and references for any information you learned from research beyond the class materials in eConestoga.

Length: 500 to 700 words (not including the title page and references)

Content Organization: What; Now What; So What

First Paragraph: What? What happened? What did you learn? What did you do? What did you expect? What was different? What was your reaction?

Second Paragraph: So What? Why does it matter? What are the consequences and meanings of your experiences? How do your experiences link to your academic, professional and/or personal development?

Third Paragraph: Now What? What are you going to do as a result of your experiences? What will you do differently? How will you apply what you have learned?