Conversation appointments come with a host of issues that tutors who primarily tutor might not have even considered. I can confidently say that I’ve had more conversation appointments in the past two weeks than I’ve had over the course of the last year put together, and there was plenty that I hadn’t thought of. What to talk about, how to explain grammatical issues, etiquette, and tone are all essential when talking to a conversation partner, but one thing I never thought about before now was the role of confidence and self esteem. (more…)
Global Voices: Publishing June 1st May 18, 2012
The CMWR is pleased to announce the forthcoming second edition of our e-magazine Global Voices, which showcases the work of the DePaul’s multilingual community. We are very excited about the work we are sharing this year ranging from narratives, to research, to photo portfolios and exhibiting the talent and diversity present on DePaul’s campus. The e-magazine will be available on June 1st at the following link: https://depaul.digication.com/globalvoicesvolume2/Welcome/ so be sure to check it out once the content is published. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or suggestions.
Today’s poem in celebration of the end of this year’s National Poetry Month in April is a beautiful short poem called “Rain” by the Iranian poet Ali Abdolrezaei — a fitting selection given last night’s warm thunder/hail/lightning storm in Chicago. (more…)
National Poetry Month: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” April 27, 2012
This week’s installment for National Poetry Month is the ballad “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Goethe, a man best known for his contributions to literature as well as poetry, science and philosophy. Written in 1797, “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” was adapted as a symphonic poem by Paul Dukas for Walt Disney’s 1940 movie Fantasia (listen to a sample here), where the apprentice is none other than Mickey Mouse. You can watch the acclaimed, dialogue-free animation in its entirety here. Watch the clip after reading the poem to decide how true to the original text you find the adaptation. (more…)
Have you visited Chinatown yet? You should!
Chinatown is one of those neighborhoods that allows you to feel transported; you can pretend you are in a different country and not just a different neighborhood. Stepping off the Chicago Red Line you will find yourself greeted by the famous “Nine-Dragon Wall “– nine is a lucky number in China. There are three of these famous, elaborate murals in China and only one in the United States. Head up to Wentworth Street, and a left will take you into Old China Town, introduced by the dramatic “Dragon Gate” and filled with shops and restaurants. A right will take you towards New China Town’s Zodiac square where you can use your birth year to identify under which animal in the Chinese Zodiac you were born. The square is picturesque and full of shops and restaurants. (more…)
Put a Poem in Your Pocket April 20, 2012
The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research’s second installment in celebration of National Poetry Month comes from the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. This coming Thursday, April 26th is Poem in Your Pocket Day. Join the celebration by printing out your favorite poem to carry around with you and share with friends.
Y fue a esa edad… Llegó la poesía (more…)
Read a mystery, explore culture, and meet people from all over the world!
The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research does all this every Friday. On April 13th the CMWR re-launched two of our most popular initiatives: The Book Club and the Conversation and Culture group. The Book Club this quarter is reading The Westing Game, a classic mystery novel, and Conversation and Culture kicked off the quarter with a discussion on changing technology and American culture. Both groups had record turnouts, and we at the CMWR are looking forward to meeting new people and reconnecting with friends from previous quarters.
These groups are open to anyone in the DePaul community who is interested in exploring ideas from a multicultural perspective. Email us at CMWR@depaul.edu for more information!
CMWR Celebrates Poetry Across Borders and Boundaries April 13, 2012
We text, we tweet, and we Facebook, but do we lyricize?
Plato argued that “Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history,” and Robert Fitzgerald contended that “Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.” In our fast-paced, high-speed internet lives we have become expert at rapidly ingesting information and quickly forming first impressions. But how often do we pay attention? (more…)
CMWR’s Friday Forum is Back! February 24, 2012
The CMWR’s Friday Forum is up and running for Winter Quarter, and this conversation-based group reads through a short text on different aspects of American culture and analyzes it together. Last week we read an article from DePaul’s student newspaper called “G8/NATO summits, security could cost up to $65 million,” a topic that is especially relevant for us Chicagoans, and invoked great discussion on the impacts that the summits will have on the city. (more…)
CMWR Launches Winter Quarter Book Club February 17, 2012
Students from all over the world are on the edge of their seats reading…The Hunger Games!
On Friday, January 20, the Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research started the 352-page, New York Times bestselling novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins with our fantastic group of international, English Language Learning (ELL) students. (more…)