Listening
Broken Mirrors, Falling Stars: Symbols and Superstitions
Fri. 3rd. Period Keith Olfers
Keywords:
Culture, Discussion, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

In this class, we will discuss symbols and superstitions from around the world, and how they influence books and film. We will watch parts of some films in the class and students will discuss the superstitious and symbolic imagery they find in these films.

This is an active participation class: students will need to join in the discussion every day for participation credit. Unless you are making a presentation, or specific permission is given, the use of PCs and smartphones is not allowed. Paper and electronic dictionaries are allowed, but smartphone-based dictionaries are prohibited.


After this class, You will be able to recognize some of the more common imagery used in various media and understand where those symbols came from.


Attendance: 30%
Participation: 50%
Final: 20%


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Unit 1: Introduction (1-2 weeks, as required by students’ level)

  • Student Interviews
  • Introduction to the idea of superstition, and the use of symbols as a cultural shorthand for communication

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Unit 1: Introduction (1-2 weeks, as required by students’ level)

  • Student Interviews
  • Introduction to the idea of superstition, and the use of symbols as a cultural shorthand for communication

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Unit 2: Ye Gods! The Deuce, You Say! (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Gods, Devils, and Magic

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Unit 2: Ye Gods! The Deuce, You Say! (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Gods, Devils, and Magic

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Unit 2: Ye Gods! The Deuce, You Say! (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Gods, Devils, and Magic

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Unit 2: Ye Gods! The Deuce, You Say! (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Gods, Devils, and Magic

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Unit 3: She Blinded Me with Her Charms (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Love, Beauty, and Death

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Unit 3: She Blinded Me with Her Charms (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Love, Beauty, and Death

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Unit 3: She Blinded Me with Her Charms (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Love, Beauty, and Death

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Unit 3: She Blinded Me with Her Charms (3-4 weeks)

  • Discussing Love, Beauty, and Death

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Unit 4: Three on a Match, Lucky Sevens (2 weeks)

  • Discussing Lucky and Unlucky Numbers and Items

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Unit 4: Three on a Match, Lucky Sevens (2 weeks)

  • Discussing Lucky and Unlucky Numbers and Items

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Consolidation / Film

  • Consolidation Discussion
  • Watching a Film as Source Material for the Final Presentation

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Final

  • Presenting Your Ideas on the Film

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