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The language(s) of self and success

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Derek Petrey

on 15 October 2015

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Transcript of The language(s) of self and success

How do we create our story?

What's your story?
Latin American cultural studies
subaltern studies AKA...
What do we know about successful college students?
Successful college students...
learn how to navigate the culture of college
are cognitive of their educational progress
have a growth mindset
experience dramatic changes in their skills, attitudes and knowledge
don't think learning begins or ends with college!
The language(s) of self and success
ΦΘK Fall Induction 2015

What do you do when the big story fails?
"Success and failure are
concepts." Ileana Rodríguez, Garden / State / Nation
gnoseological = how knowledge is constructed
success and failure are creations of the brain
the brain creates and knowledge through narrative (stories, anecdotes, biographies)

Helping students create narratives of hope & new identity
Finding the heart
to persist... or the courage to start again
Basic Speaker
A1 Breakthrough or beginner
Icelandic (1m), Japanese (4m), Bahasa Indonesia (4m), Latin (4m), Mandarin Chinese (6m)
A2 Waystage or elementary
Russian (1 yr), German (1 yr)
Independent Speaker
B1 Threshold or intermediate
B2 Vantage or upper intermediate
French (4 yrs)
Proficient Speaker
C1 Effective Operational Proficiency or advanced
Brazilian Portuguese (10 yrs)
C2 Mastery or proficiency
Spanish (20 yrs), English (native)
What do we know about language and the brain?
It's complicated but...
...your brain changes when you learn a new language
...most humans on the planet are bilingual
...it's good to start when you are younger, but everyone can learn language with time, effort and a supportive environment
...language is intrinsically connected
to culture
Other books that have inspired me that I didn't have time to mention in 15 mins.... Congratulations inductees & thank you Tyler!
The Language Instinct
The Stuff of
, Steven Pinker
The Power of Myth
The Hero with
a Thousand Faces
, Joseph Campbell
Man's Search for Meaning
, Viktor Frankl
The Courage to Teach
, Parker Palmer
Difficult Conversations
, The Harvard Negotiation Project
It's complicated but...
... you have the power to (re)define yourself with time, effort and a supportive environment
... the language you use and the people you build your story with will determine the outcome of the story as much as your own mindful persistence to it
... the time to create your story is NOW
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