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Awake at Stupid O’Clock . . . .

I’m awake at stupid O’clock again, and am too fibro-fogged to be able to study, but I thought I’d look in on the various forums for my course, just to see if anything’s new.

What I did come across is the following, and it tickled me so much, I thought I’d share it:

A linguistics professor was lecturing to his class one day. 

“In English,” he said, “a double negative forms a positive. In some languages though, such as Russian, a double negative is still a negative. 

However,” he pointed out, “there is no language wherein a double positive can form a negative.” 

A voice from the back of the room piped up, “Yeah. Right.” 

I know, I know – but it’s funny, you’ve got to admit that? {grin}

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Talk about amazed. . . . . .

I couldn’t believe it when I received the notification that my TMA had been marked and returned – I got a whopping 74%!

I had to check it twice, in case I’d been sent somebody else’s results by mistake but, no – it was actually true! 🙂

I have to admit that there was so much room for improvement, and I’d made some very silly mistakes, such as messing up the Harvard referencing, but, overall, I’m well pleased with my first TMA result. {big grin}.

Altogether, I think that I’m beginning to get to grips a little with the course – at least, it doesn’t seem to be quite as bewildering to read through now, but the sheer amount of reading we’re expected to get through over the next few weeks is daunting – even for me, the perpetual bookworm!

We have a double chapter to go through in both the study guide and course books, which means double the activities, plus we’re also expected to read through Ronald Carter’s Language and Creativity: the art of common talk book – something I’m not looking forward to, as I’ve read so many complaints about it by fellow students, one of them being that it sends them to sleep – the very last thing I need at this moment!

But, I’m determined to get through it all, and now have TMA 02 looming on the horizon (8th December), where I’ll be expected to choose some of my own data to analyse, which means finding someone, or some people, to tape while talking, transcribe that talk, and then analyse it to discuss why “Creativity is a normal feature of everyday conversation”. I’ll need to decide just how I’m going to analyse anything I’ve chosen, choose the analysis tools most suitable for the job, and explain why I’ve chosen these tools, and what they bring to the analysis so, no pressure then? {wry grin}

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The new Module website has opened . . .

. . . although there’s no details for my tutor as yet, unfortunately 😦

I’m really hoping that I’m assigned a tutor before the module starts on the 1st October, as I want to be able to introduce myself, and fill in some gaps for the tutor, in the knowledge of my particular health problems while studying.

I know if I get behind because of illness, that I’ll be able to ask for extensions for my TMA’s, if needed, but it’s always nice to have that sort of thing already in place, even before, and if, it’s needed. The  less delay, the less worry, the quicker I’ll be able to recover, I figure 🙂

I guess that’s the one thing I’ve really learned in the last 6 years – with good planning, most things can be sorted out 🙂

It doesn’t look like I’ll have any of my fellow students near enough for visits with this module, though, which is a real shame as, being bed-and-house bound, it means that I can’t make it to any of the tutorials for this module. In all my 6 years of study, I’ve only ever managed to go to one of them, and it took me days to recover from the process so, having any fellow students relatively nearby, meant that they could visit me, and we could study together to help prepare for the TMA’s. I did this, with some success, in my previous module, and the three of us who met got so much out of meeting, and have become firm friends, despite the differences of age and general life-style involved 🙂

I think one of the greatest aspects of the Open University, is the true disparity of people who get together over the internet, and who, no matter where they live, or what their lives are like, have found the closest of friends in the furthest reaches of the Open University sphere. It shows that, if everyone is willing to suspend narrow thinking, there is all the will in the world for people to come together with new ideas and thoughts, even if they don’t agree with what’s being discussed. There is a willingness to agree to disagree, that politicians around the world would do well to copy, and there is a willing openness of mind, that leaves us all able to absorb new, and different, ideas that keep the mind ticking over, and the heart willing to listen.

As this module is my first foray into the stylistics of the English language, I’m a little nervous about learning all the various nuances and styles of delivery that will be used but, no matter what the next few months hold, I know it’s going to be an interesting ride into a new world of language for me, and that, with no doubt at all, is something that I totally need to keep this poor brain of mine ticking over 🙂

I know I’m going to miss it all when it’s over, but it will have been the finest stepping-stone into a new life of study and writing, that anyone could have given me, and I’ll always be immensely proud to tell anyone that I was given the bricks to build the foundations of my life of study, from the Open University, Milton Keynes 🙂

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Not long to go now . . .

And I’m in the last week of the actual course work!

I can’t believe that 26 weeks can go by so fast!

I’m now on week 27 of the 32 week course – or module as they’re now known as – although, to be strictly honest with you, I’m still actually at least a week behind but, because I’ve still got my final TMA to be in by 21st April ( a 2,000-word essay), and then the EMA – End of Module Assessment – (a 3,000-word essay) to be in by 26th May, I won’t actually be officially finished until the end of May.

I can’t say that I’ve enjoyed this course as much as I’d hoped to. Not because it failed to be interesting for me, but because I’ve had so very many health issues throughout, and so I’ve spent what little time I’ve felt well enough to do the work, on frantically trying to play catch-up – not indusive to enjoyment, believe me! 😦

For my last TMA, I managed to scrape through with an 80% mark, which I’m exceedingly pleased to have got, considering how ill I was when writing it, and I can’t see me getting any better for this next one, due to the same problems. But I am worried about the EMA, as I’m supposed to be sending my tutor a plan of work around about the time that my TMA is due in, so that she can verify that my work is actually my own for the EMA but, as I haven’t a clue yet as to which option I’m going to choose, let alone which books and course work I’m going to be selecting to back up my essay, I’m going to have a hard time sending it in.

I never was able to write a plan of what I’m going to write about. For some reason, it always stifles my creativity, as I feel as if I’ve been boxed in if I write what I’m going to do before I do it!
If I had to write a brief plan of a story for my school work, I’d do the story first, then write a précis of it afterwards, just to keep the teacher quiet. But you could always guarantee that, if forced to write one first, I’d make a complete hash of the story afterwards  – something I’m trying to avoid with this course as, if I can pass it, I can actually claim my BA – the first person in my family to achieve this!
But I’m actually greedy, as I want to go for the BA Honours, which means just one more course to do – something I’ve already booked up for to start this coming October! Lol

I’m just hoping, and praying very hard, that I’ll be well enough by then to cope with the new course, as I’ve chosen E301: The Art of English, a level 3 course that,

 ‘looks at creativity in the English language: from everyday language use (conversation, children’s language, letter writing, online chat) to ‘high culture’ literary language and new kinds of media texts. You’ll consider how ‘verbal art’ works in a wide range of texts, and the extent to which the seeds of literary creativity may be found in more routine uses of English. The course has an international dimension too, enabling you to explore language use in different parts of the English-speaking world, and should help you consider your own daily experiences of the English language.
(Open University

I have to admit that I’m a bit apprehensive, as the students already doing it say it’s a hard one, but I’ve always been fascinated about how we use language, and so would love to learn more about it – and the point of me doing all this studying is to stretch my mind more than I have been, and to keep my mind stimulated, as I’ve so many problems with short-term memory loss, and my doctor thought that studying would help – which it has done.
My doctor was very pleased with my progress, up until this course, when my health has taken such a down-swing, but he told me he was glad that I was having a break between courses, as it will give me time to recover somewhat, we both hope!

But I have to confess that I dread the finish of my degree as, if I’m hit with all the changes this government is making for the ill and disabled, then I won’t be able to afford to continue doing any more courses after this, and there are so many 10-pointers that I would love to do, just to keep my hand in, so-to-speak 😦

I guess it’s just another of those things I’ll have to cope with when it happens and, in the meantime, I guess I need to get back to my studying! 🙂

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